I tweeted Silberman to ask whether he includes intellectual disability in the neurodiversity fold. He tweeted back that he did, but hadn't written specifically about it yet. Did I have any pointers?
I've often felt that my son Ben's way of thinking conveys certain benefits.
He's real, for example, because he doesn't wear the deceptive social mask we 'neurotypicals' don to project an image of invulnerability, impress others and trick ourselves.
Ben is also able to live in the moment and he's able to slow down a moment to appreciate it.
He also doesn't wish to be someone else, which I think is very rare in our world. I remember a school assignment I did with him and in answer to: "If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?" his no-brainer answer was: "Me."
What do you think are positives that come from intellectual disability?
I plan to write to Silberman more about this and would love to include your ideas. Thanks!