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Rashmi Vasudeva
Features writer on health, lifestyle and the Arts, digital marketing blogger, mother
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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Neurodiversity: Is This The Way To Less Stigma, More Acceptance?

All In The Mind is a popular podcast series from the ABC stable. Like the title suggests, it focuses on brain behavior and the aspects of our mind that still remain largely mysterious. The podcast employs a format that incorporates both personal stories as well as professional opinions to explore how the human condition is, basically, all in the mind.

Their latest episode is on neurodiversity, an idea that is fast becoming a movement. You might well ask what neurodiversity is. It means many things to many people, but essentially it is a mental health approach that argues that neurological differences in human beings (such as ADHD and autism) are the result of normal and natural variations in the human genome. Just like we embrace the cultural diversity of the world we live in, it is possible to ‘take in’ what the podcast calls “the full range of ways of perceiving the world.”

Just like cultural diversity, neurodiversity too should be celebrated, its campaigners believe. The podcast gives these campaigners space to put forth their ideas that are challenging traditional notions of what is a mental health disorder and what is normal, all with the help of art and theater.

So you have Stephanie, who is a high-performing autistic, and Prof Jill Bennett, the founder–director of the Big Anxiety Festival (which brings together artists and scientists to promote acceptance of various mental states), explaining how entertainment can be tool to sustain diversity, develop empathy and promote engagement with people whose experiences we cannot share.

All in all, an enlightening feel-good-do-good podcast that can open your mind to thinking about mental disorders in a completely different light.  

Neurodiversity: Is This The Way To Less Stigma, More Acceptance?
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