The term ‘Neuro-diversity‘ refers to: “ is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.”. This very welcome term gives us an innovative and essentially different way of thinking about mental health issues which have always been traditionally pathologized. And while it has to be said that this outlook is not accepted by everyone; it is nonetheless increasingly backed up by research.
Autism Awareness Month
In order to celebrate this very important Autism Awareness Month, College Internship Program (CIP), students have been sharing success stories, sage advice and strategies in five locations in various states. Further, student leaders from all the different states are organizing very interesting events in which everyone can celebrate neuro-diversity, and share their personal insights . Of note: CIP was set up in 1984, in order to help adolescents with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences, so that they could make a smooth transition to young adulthood. This organization’s great work has gone from strength to strength since that time, and its programs incorporate: “individualized college academic, social, career and life skills support for young adults on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and other Learning Differences”.
Message From the President of CIP
Dan McManmon remarked: “I am extremely proud of our student body for their advocacy during Autism Acceptance Month. They are honing their own leadership skills and building self-confidence while also celebrating neuro-diversity in our communities”.
Students Being Empowered to Share Their Personal Messages
Now that we are in Autism Awareness Month, every CIP student has the chance to showcase, practise and perfect their public speaking and inter-personal communication skills. – All of which are attributes that do not come easy to anyone. Further, each and every student enjoys individual support from CIP (something that is most definitely necessary), as they forge their way to adulthood and independence, and share their insights and own life stories .
Workshops and student panels are very popular, as they can help to educate general public and professional groups about the various disorders on the autism spectrum, and how the latter are presented differently for each individual person. The students also discuss a number of common social challenges which individuals with autism are confronted with; along with various strategies that we can all utilize in order to support this very important group that make up part of our world .