Jokeefe and quonsar have a point there -- though perhaps you can pass on to them the message that "they" is in fact "me." Neurodiversity.com is a one-woman operation, not a corporation; I'm constantly adding to the site, and I'm always happy to hear suggestions. Their lack-of-racial-diversity comments inspire me to try to collect a few more links about Blind Tom Wiggins, so that I can make a separate bio page for him, and feature his image on the splash page. Give me a few days and you'll see some additions and changes. I'm not sure what else I can do to redress the ethnic imbalance. I'm not familiar enough with African, Asian or Middle Eastern history to be able to come up with examples of prominent possibly-autistics off the top of my head. If anyone wants to pass on to me the names of any other neurodivergent non-caucasians about whom I might be able to find enough information to warrant making a separate bio page, I'd love it. (I'm only featuring historical figures on the splash page.)
Unfortunately, the most well-known non-caucasian ND in the news these days is Darius McCollum, the train-lover from Queens, now residing at Rikers. I have a separate page about his case, listed under "Law Enforcement". Isn't it typical that the most well-known black Aspie these days is one who's in trouble with the law -- you could call it an unsual case of DWB, perhaps? (Not that he isn't competent to drive a train; he was taught how by MTA employees, who let him drive during their shifts, while they put their feet up and continued to get paid. How do you like friends like that, taking advantage of your naivete and enthusiasm, then dumping you like a hot potato when the boss starts sniffing around? What jerks! Darius wouldn't be in the spot he's in right now if it weren't for them.)
I'm planning on also putting together a page with material on both racial profiling and the new field of "neurological profiling" emerging from the writings of a small group of lawyers, psychiatrists and criminal justice types. Just last night I was involved in a discussion about the outrageousness of some the generalizations these folks are making -- the same old stereotypes linking "mental illness" with "criminality", now trotted out to defame the greater autistic population.
BTW, I added my "sublime or ridiculous?" disclaimer the day one of my daughters asked me, with respect to the Indigo Children page, "my God, Mom, do you really believe that s**t?"
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