“Disorder” is an inappropriate term to attach as a fundamental part of the name of a neurological condition. Whether it’s order or disorder is a matter of how it works in relation to other people and settings. Unless this basic idea becomes better understood, too many people will go through life burdened by a false sense of who they are and what their potential is.
These words are from an essay by University of Georgia professor Peter Smagorinsky, in which he takes on the disabling assumption of disorder and tells us how he’s come to refer to his own “Asperger’s Advantage.”
Peter is also the editor of the first book in my Palgrave Macmillan series Studies in Play, Performance, Learning and Development. Entitled Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth: Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance, the volume is due out this August.