Don't be too delicate girls. Payment is not a dirty word
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1y ago
This is a reprint of my featured article on Linkedin I thought people joined Linkedin because they meant business. So I'm amazed that business people are constantly inviting me to their events without mentioning payment, as if mentioning payment was so indelicate as to be taboo.How did we become so coy?How did we become persuaded that it was indelicate to mention money in job interviews? Who ..read more
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Is Neurodiversity being colonized?
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1y ago
Part 1: Exploring the New Colonialism Part 2: Case Studies (forthcoming) #neuroColonialism #neuroGoldrush #neuroAssets #neuroGold #supersessionism #Franchise #PyramidScheme #PonziScheme #BrandingGoldrushThe Eagle has been associated with Empire since the ancient Romans. It’s not hard to see why:  the ruthless descent out of the blueswooping in to snatch its unsuspecting prey I’m calling it ..read more
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Cordelia does Selection Criteria: a cautionary tale for CEOs and recruiters
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1y ago
IntroducingCordelia Syndrome Cordelia's Portion (Ford Maddox Brown)Synopsis King Lear, aging ruler of Britain is retiring and wishes to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia He has figured out the perfect Selection Criteria for the job. Being King. i.e. absolute power stupefies absolutely,  he reckons he needs only one - “Who loves me the most?” He ..read more
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Neurodiversity: It's politics, not science!
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1y ago
or ...It's the name of a social justice movement, not a diagnosisYou may have heard critics of the Neurodiversity paradigm dismiss it with "It's not even scientific" or "It's pseudoscience". Of course it isn’t. It's not meant to be. Neurodiversity simply names a biological truism, a self-evident fact that adds nothing to what we already know about the world.  You don't need a ..read more
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Neurodiversity in the future?
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1y ago
 Don’t be intimidated by the hefty word “Neurodiversity”. It’s simply a word that describes the incredible diversity of human minds, in which no two of the billions of us on the planet are exactly alike. We are all “Neurodiverse”. There are not two groups of people in the word, “normal people”  and “the neurodiverse”. There is only flawed humanity, all of us imperfect, all of us with needs, all ..read more
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Neurominorities Volunteering on Boards: Exploitation?
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1y ago
Emboldened by calling attention to the rapid "Commodification of Neurodiversity" in my Stanford Neurodiversity Summit Keynote, I want to take it further. It takes me weeks to write a blog piece, so I thought I would put it out there, "strike while the iron is hot"... i.e. do it while I am still energized. My point is not to start new dichotomies. In my speech I emphasised that all solutions to ..read more
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Pinned Post: Explaining Neurodiversity
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1y ago
I am generally credited with being the originator of the term Neurodiversity while writing a sociology honours thesis,"Odd People In: a personal exploration of a new social movement based on neurological diversity" (UTS Sydney 1998). I did not define the term, thinking its meaning self-evident. Since then there have been a proliferation of definitions, and as I expected, most people intuitively ..read more
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Carry On Regardless!
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1y ago
Am I the only one who can spend more time agonizing about what kind of “regards” to send in a business letter than on writing the whole damn letter? I’ve had enough, I just can’t take it anymore, I. AM. NOT. DOING. IT. ANY. MORE! Life is too short! One of my autistic traits is that I am ALWAYS sincere. (Well, almost always, unless I have been taught to fake it for the sake of ..read more
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What is wrong with this Wikipedia definition of Neurodiversity?
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1y ago
This is a typical definition of Neurodiversity found at random on the web. There are innumberable such, all referring to "normal" variations.  First, it's important to be wary of the "passive voice" which confers authority by fudging who is speaking. If there is an omitted "by" in the sentence , it's worth asking "by whom". So... Regarded by whom? I submit: by an echo chamber of Wiki editors ..read more
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We are not "The" Vulnerable: the dangers of the definite article
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Before you talk of "The Vulnerable", ask yourself by what means a significant proportion of the populace is rendered vulnerableSummary I propose that the term "The Vulnerable" is a depoliticized euphemism for people who require social security support due to structural injustice as much as to inherent disabilityI further argue that applying the definite article "The" to minorities is a ..read more
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