Celebrate Neurodiversity With Newsela

Celebrate Neurodiversity With Newsela

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, check out Newsela’s Text Set “All Kinds of Minds: Exploring Neurodiversity.”

“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”

― Temple Grandin

The “neurodiversity movement” is gaining momentum around the globe, as people begin to recognize the wisdom of quotes like Temple Grandin’s above. Neurodiversity is the idea that people with mental and learning differences do not need to be cured. Instead, they need to be accepted and accommodated. As part of our Exploring Neurodiversity Text Set, Newsela has curated a set of articles and activities that will inspire and empower your students as they learn more about what it means to be neurotypical or neurodivergent.

Here are some of the notable people your students will read about in the Text Set:

  • Chance Mair, a student with Asperger’s syndrome who was named valedictorian of his high school.

  • Alice Amoako, a technology developer who created an app to support Ghanaian children with autism.

  • Stephen Wiltshire, an artist with autism who draws incredibly detailed cityscapes from memory.

After completing the articles and reading in the Text Set, students will have an opportunity to create a public service announcement advocating for more acceptance for neurodivergent people.

We encourage you to share your thoughts, feedback, and student work with us @Newsela, using the hashtag #AllKindsOfMinds.

 

 

 

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