No two humans are the same. Each person has their own characteristics, their own way of doing things – small details that make them who they are. Similarly no two human brains are exactly the same. For far too long, anything that veers away from what has been deemed “normal” has been seen as not functioning properly, or deficient in some way.
The term neurodiversity, first introduced in 1998 by Australian sociologist Judy Singer, makes the point that brain differences are normal, and not deficient nor a disability. So conditions like autism, as well as many others, should not be viewed as “abnormalities” but simply as variations of the human brain. People with brain variations are not “suffering” from diseases or dysfunctions in their mental processing.
Dazzling Colours of Calm is a collection of own voices, short stories and essays curated to challenge society’s insistence that autism is an irregularity that needs to be cured or tamed to fit in with what is seen to be normal. Why should an autistic person be forced to live with feelings of wanting to belong, to fit in and conform? This collection of works shows us that it is not the individual that needs to change, it is society’s attitude to neurodiversity and the need to recognise and celebrate difference.