This! “The right to learn differently should not be mediated by a diagnosis”. A delightfully thorough post that is worth every second of read-time 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
This talk by Jonathan Mooney is social model music. I include it in my primer on the social model for minds and bodies. Mooney provides necessary insight into neurodivergent learners. Every minute is worth your time. I’ve pulled quotes from the talk below, as well as a handful of quotes from the introduction to his book Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning Disabilities And ADHD Give You The Tools For Academic Success and Educational Revolution.
Mooney’s perspective offers many takeaways. Two critical ones for me are these rules of thumb.
- agent > patient
- identity > diagnosis
Challenge our definition of where disability lies.
We’ve built an entire edifice of intervention that’s about fixing people.
It’s not their minds or bodies that truly disable them. It’s how environment reacts to those differences. That’s where disability lies. Folks don’t have disability, they experience disability in…
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