This is a term I came up with not too long ago. With the spark of imagination from a friend, we were able to create a term (or name) that debunks modern myths about being ‘disabled’ (in its most demeaning portrayal in society), and bringing the truth of the ever-complex and very unique attributes of the neurodiverse (ND) brain to life. The brain in its entirety is an entity that most scientists still don’t understand or fully grasp. However, the brain neurotypical (NT) or not, differs from one person to the next. Thus being, neurodiverse.
But first off, lets understand what this new name is all about:
sui generis |ˌsoōˌī ˈjenərəs; ˌsoōē|
unique : the sui generis nature of animals.
ORIGIN Latin, literally means ‘of its own kind.’
the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel;
the faculty of consciousness and thought : as the thoughts ran through his mind, he came to a conclusion | people have the price they are prepared to pay settled in their minds.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary
So, what does this all mean?
Both definitions are to give you a picture of how the non-neurotypical mind should be perceived in society. A mind that is of its own kind simply displays the given attributes of the neurodiverse (ND) brain. ‘What’s a non-neurodiverse brain?’ you might ask, it is basically a brain that functions differently from the average brain that would be considered no less than normal. Therefore, a non-neurodiverse brain may look, function, or entirely differ from the average brain. The same goes for the ND learner, most of the time there is a divide in communication, socialization, and innate patterns and mannerisms in the brain along with self identity. Similarly, most systems (having to deal with LDs, BDs, PDs, and MDs) within the confinements of society are segregated. This can be viewed as a good or a bad thing. Good, being that everyone in ‘this system’ feels apart of something… of community and culture. Or this can be viewed as bad, in a sense that there is a divide and the ND learners (or disabled) are not being properly integrated into society.
But let’s take a step back and think about this.
This new found name “Sui-Generist Mind” (Sui-Genie for short) may very well be a foundation for a new culture that sees disability as a fact, yes, but also not a label that society can negatively take for it’s choosing. If ND’s were to establish their own culture (since they are inherently of their own kind in functional brain structure), then one can conclude that having a culture would be beneficial to that group’s self identity and social standing. Hence the fact that disability is a difference, both biologically in the brain and socially in the world today.
So…If this were a culture:
If ND’s had a recognizable culture, then there would be more acceptance (by law and possibly from society) and less discrimination. There would have to be an established language, way of life, and possibly a belief system that differs from the status quo. There would be less of a chance of ‘disabled learners’ constantly feeling pressured to fit in a world that doesn’t understand them, because their brains are inherently different. And lastly, there would be community: where everyone can share their experiences and although there are a few bumps in the road with every culture, there would at least be a sense of understanding and citizenry within its own kind.
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