I promised to do this a while ago, and now I'm finally getting around to it. The petition will be on petition.parliament.uk. The character counts are extremely limited, so it was difficult to provide the needed information in the available space. Please let me know what you think of the text below, because this is for all of us and not just me. Note that the information I have provided (see the links) is also from a government website, so they can't really refute that.
The title of the petition is:
Make neurodiversity a separate protected characteristic.
The background I have written is:
Neurodivergent individuals, e.g. those with autism or Tourette's, often suffer discrimination due to their condition, whether or not their condition amounts to a disabilty. Making neurodiversity a protected characteristic in itself, separate from disability, would be a step in the right direction.
Here are the additional details I have written:
Neurodivergent individuals are denied both fair treatment and mental health services at a higher rate than in the general population. As a result, the unemployment and suicide rates in the neurodivergent group are disproportionately higher as well. Presently, they are obliged to prove that their condition amounts to a disability in order to be legally protected from the discrimination and mistreatment to which they so often fall victim. Further info: tinyurl.com/y829k3oh & tinyurl.com/yavfxmod.
PS I need 5 emails addresses for supporters of the petition, so if anyone is a UK citizen and willing to "officially" support the petition, please PM me. I can likely get some from people I know, but maybe not all five that I need (I don't know many people).
(Edited based on comments received)
Exceptional Individuals: What is Dyslexia - What Is Neurodivergence?
I found this as I was just browsing on YouTube. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
It is a short video.
Duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds
Very interesting video. I didn't realise that dyslexia was so common. Also the spiky skills profile is familiar. Of course, given that the "average" is based on neurotypical people, it's not surprising that the skills profile of neurodivergent people would be spiky. If they used neurodivergent people to find the average then the profiles of neurotypical people might be just as spiky.
Thanks for taking the time to watch the video and for responding. It was something I haven't come across or heard before so it was nice to hear and see it in from a different perspective.