‘Some neurodivergent people, but not all, regard it as a disability. Many regard it as a gift giving particular skills and aptitudes.’
The Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) is shining a spotlight on neurodivergent Friends by exploring the possibility of them forming a group to support each other.
Erica Thomas, on behalf of QDEG committee, told the Friend: ‘Neurodivergence includes autism, ADHD, Tourette’s, dyslexia, dysgraphia among a long list of other conditions. They are all lifetime conditions, predominantly genetic, affecting old and young alike. While about two per cent of the population are autistic (but many don’t know it and are undiagnosed), over fifteen per cent have some other form of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity among Friends has been rarely discussed compared to other similar issues. It can be closely connected to, but is not part of, mental health. Some neurodivergent people, but not all, regard it as a disability. Many regard it as a gift giving particular skills and aptitudes.’
She added: ‘George Fox is now considered to have been dysgraphic.’
Fiona MacMillan, a liberal Anglican and vice-chair of Inclusive Church, will speak at a meeting on 24 November, where neurodivergent Friends and allies can discuss the possibility of forming a group to support each other. Fiona MacMillan also spoke at the second Woodbrooke National Gathering on Diversity and Inclusion about intersectionality and disability.
For further details about the meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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