Take Action Around 'Neurotypical'
- Engage your school district in a dialogue around services for students with autism and their families and around training for faculty, staff, administrators and students. Be careful not to put autistic people (or their families) on the spot to "represent," explain or teach. Give them a forum in which to share their experiences if they choose. Otherwise, use clips from the film to educate students, teachers and administrators.
- Check with existing organizations (see Resources) to find out how you can support their work on research, advocacy or services for people with autism.
- Host a community film festival or book club featuring media by and about people with autism.
- Use clips from Neurotypical to provide informational sessions at Rotary Clubs, chambers of commerce and other business groups about hiring people with autism. Alternately, provide education for service professionals (such as social service workers, first responders and hospital staff).
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Neurotypical to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.
In this lesson, students explore how people who are “differently wired”—or not “neurotypical”—negotiate, view and interact with the world. As students learn about autism through the lens of individuals with autism, they analyze the wide range of perceptions, reactions and means of engagement among those on and off the autism spectrum. They determine how to embrace neurodiversity, and how everyone might recognize and accept the diverse ways all people function in a norm-prescriptive society.
This multi-media resource list, compiled by Linda Brawley of San Diego Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary Neurotypical.