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“Neurotypical”, Reverse-Bigotry & The Warped Lense Of Equality



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Not this is from personal experiences

“Neurotypical” Is Inaccurate & Misleading? 

The word Neurotypical is used to describe people who are “non-autistic” but what if we have got that all wrong? What if the barriers are being created by the assumptions of what “autism” is that then thrusting one’s own presumptions of what it is like to be “non-autistic”?  I think that there really is no such thing.

Bigotry Is Still Bigotry 

Reverse bigotry is still that bigotry and if someone is using the words “NT” or “Neurotypical” to dehumanise, belittle or bully someone then surely that very generalised assumption if wrong? How does that become validated? Is it a sense of one’s own self importance, ego, group think and conformation bias, upbringing and/or past experiences? What gives someone the right to say these things and not take social emotional impact it has on the people in question?

“Autistic Identity”

This has worryingly been created through a “narrow” bandwidth of what autism “is” and “isn’t” but also what being “non-autistic” “is” and “isn’t”. The truth is there are far more similarities between people than not so why over invest in stereotypes? Which in the long run give people  a generic tick list of “traits”?

More Voices? More Perspectives? 

If we created so many degrees of separation do we strive to lose our objectivity? Being grounded means looking at things from the angle of non-bias. I have seen too much militancy that means that some people’s experiences have been silenced because they have not fitted the status quo that means there is rhetoric and that is unhealthy. Equality is for everybody.

No one “owns” autism it is not a thing to be bought or sold, no one should be able to cherry pick what autism “should look like” because guess what? It doesn’t have a “look” and more you give it one ironically the more voices will be lost.

Paul Isaacs 2018

Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

7 thoughts on ““Neurotypical”, Reverse-Bigotry & The Warped Lense Of Equality

  1. We are all humans and we each experience the world in our own unique way. Sharing our perceptions with kindness will benefit everyone.

  2. Hi Paul – using “Neurotypical” to decribe all non-autistic people is not correct. There is a portmanteau word to describe people who are not autistic – “allistic”. There are many ways in which one can be neurodivergent (the word for not neurotypical), and by no means all of those include autism. While all neurotypical people are allistic not all allistic people are neurotypical. While all these terms can be useful we should beware of slipping into being judgmental of those who are different from us.

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  4. Just answer this question:What did autistics ever do to deserve being mistreated and called names by the normal majority? Yes, maybe autistics shouldn’t use a term like “neurotypical”, but it’s not as ugly as the words used to describe us: “Mental”, “Spastic”, “Retard”,
    “Psycho/Psychotic” or “Idiot.” Just a thought….

    • Hi Sharon

      Bigoted behaviour in all forms is wrong so the point I was raising is that if a person is in a position of advocacy set an example. What do I mean by this?

      Do not reduce someone’s identity regardless of if they are on the autism spectrum or not to a singular word with derogative intent instead understand, be reflective, objective to which the person got to that point.

      • So, when they go low, we go high? Maybe someday I will be at that stage. Unfortunately, today is not that day and tomorrow is not looking like it either. Still, whenever I have been mean to a member of the normal majority, I only feel better for a minute or two. That’s the worst bullies can do- make you behave like them. Most of the time I prefer to stay away from them. I like my own company anyway.

      • When people bully for what ever reason they sometimes deep psychological challenges, insecurity, peer pressure, abuse and/or neglect in childhood that trickle into teenage and adulthood and so forth. Bullies come in all different guises with differing motivations.

        There are over seven billion people on the planet and what I have learnt you cannot define a person by one aspect such as “autism” which an adjective describing an experience rather than defining one’s whole personhood.

        In the end you me and all people (regardless of disability or not) in the world are worthy of equality, dignity and compassion.

        It’s is called Egalitarianism a really interesting concept.

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