Divergents Magazine

Reflections on the neuro-divergent experience in a neuro-typical world.

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Austin Giacco - Photographer
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When I was in my first years at my current college I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My twin sister who was studying to become a expressive therapist suggested that I start taking pictures when ever I was upset or depressed and I fell in love with it. Ever since then photography has been my main medium to express my emotions and my creativity.

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Sam Greeno - Found Materials.
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Just like any 5 year old Sam loves singing, playing the keyboard, playing with trucks, lawnmowers and airplanes. Most of all Sam loves people! Sam will be the first one to start singing in a group.

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Nick Fagan - Fabric Arts
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"My Dyslexia has had a huge effect on my work. One of the reasons I make my work is because I can not express myself in language because of dyslexia. I find it easier to show how I feel threw images then with words.” - Nick Fagan

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Anne Offen - Painter and Writer
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A“My NVLD makes it hard to communicate with others and so I see my artwork as a way to communicate with others without the barriers of my disability. It is also a challenge to the neurotypical world that there is nothing wrong with me and that we neurodivergent folks do not need to be fixed. We are exactly who we are supposed to be.”-Anne Offen

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Does Kindness Really Exist?
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Ryan Smoluk is an emerging Winnipeg artist who has already received substantial recognition for his work. He has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. A highlight of his young career took place in 2012 when he was given a United Nations Stamp Award for his painting The Path. The drawing, completed when Smoluk was 15 years old, was reproduced on a postage stamp that became available world-wide.

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A note from arts editor, Christina Tedesco
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The art world is more accepting of divergents.

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Divergents Blog


  • 7/8/2020 09:37 PM

Divergents Magazine is a natural offspring of Landmark College. The radical idea to found a college for divergent learners created a network of divergent writers, artists, and thinkers.

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  • 5/26/2020 11:10 PM

As everything else about education has changed, it is time to demand an end to unquestioned, neurotypical privilage!

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  • 5/10/2020 02:37 PM

As a woman, sharing a house with four dyslexic men, Sarah Mitchell articulated a vision of Neurodiversity before the word existed.

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  • 4/13/2020 06:20 PM

#TNBS Challenge: Anytime you come across examples of people from the neurotypical community patronizing or dismissing a person with divergent neurology, hashtag it #TNBS Thank you, Divergents

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  • 1/23/2020 10:02 AM

Here are some suggestions to reform Special Education, lifted from a piece "The Bigotry of Normal" now under review.

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  • 1/22/2020 07:58 PM

“Yes I’m (Divergent)! I’m proud of it!

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  • 1/9/2020 12:42 PM

Ben Mitchell reflects on the recent spate of research into ADHD and Meditation.

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  • 12/12/2019 08:13 PM

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Note from Rachel C. Morgan

Rachel C. Morgan, Ed.D., CAS: Founder/President & Educational Consultant Adam Morgan Foundation

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About Divergents


Divergents Magazine is a community of atypical writers, artists and thinkers who fearlessly share our experience and perspective without the patronizing filter of any neurotypical "experts." The term “Neuro-Divergent” describes people whose processing profile displays significant differences from the neurotypical, such that it would receive a diagnosis — i.e., dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism.  From socially accepted belittling to outright employment discrimination  -- the divergent community experience is shaped by cultural prejudice and structural discrimination.


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  • Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org
  • Divergents Magazine seeks original work - memoir, poetry, essays, photography, art -- that expresses the experience of the neuro-divergent community. For the first issue, the subject is "Camouflaging." Think of a time when you felt the need to pass as normal to the neuro-typical community. How does it feel to want to hide the truth of your nature? It could be as simple as the attitude of a teacher/professor or as violent as being targeted by an employer. To submit, use this form or email to Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org

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Editorial Staff

Divergents Magazine is seeking new members of our editorial board. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us.

Ben Mitchell - Publisher - Ben.Mitchell@divergents-magazine.org
Dave Eagle - Story Editor - Dave@divergents-magazine.org
Christina Tedesco - Arts Editor - Arts@divergents-magazine.org
Whit Stevenson - Graphics Editor - Whit@divergents-magazine.org
Jake McLaughlin - Social Media Editor - Jake@divergents-magazine.org
Leon Rice -- Civil Rights Editor - Leon@divergents-magazine.org


Jay King -- Cover Art, polymer clay golem - “ADHD (Subject finds it increasingly difficult to focus on daily tasks)"

Friends


The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health – Unwrapping the Gifts in All Minds

"As I see it, ADHD is a trait, not a disorder. I like to say I do not treat disabilities, I unwrap gifts. Yes, ADHD can be a terrible curse; but dealt with properly it can be the wings that carry you to the heights." - Dr. Edward Hallowell

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The Art of Autism

We would love to be listed as a friend. We can add you to our newsletter for opportunities for our readers. Good luck with your endeavor! Debra Muzikar www.the-art-of-autism.com

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auticon

auticon is an international IT service provider and the first company in Germany to exclusively employ people on the autism spectrum as IT consultants. We are extremely proud of our autism-positive work culture, recognizing each employee for their individual strengths and talents and delivering outstanding quality to our customers.

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Sari Solden & Associates

Psychotherapist Sari Solden, MS, is a pioneer in the field of counseling women and men with the strengths and struggles of ADHD. She is the author of two popular books and a well-known, international keynote speaker on the subject. https://www.sarisolden.com/

Zoë Kessler - ADHD According to Zoë

“I think of it as a cautionary tale,” says Kessler, who was diagnosed with ADHD at age 47. Part memoir, part self-help, ADHD According to Zoë describes the author’s harrowing experiences with undiagnosed ADHD. But the message remains positive: using Kessler’s strategies to overcome ADHD challenges, you too can thrive with ADHD. http://www.zoekessler.com/

Maxfield Sparrow

Maxfield Sparrow is a transmasculine Autistic author traveling North America with Fermat the Wonder Cat.

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Adam Morgan Foundation

https://www.amf-stl.com/

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Dr. Lara Honos-Webb

Lara Honos-Webb, PhD is a clinical psychologist licensed in California. She is author of Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals (2020), Brain Hacks, The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, The Gift of Adult ADD, The ADHD Workbook for Teens, Listening to Depression. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Honos-Webb completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and has been an assistant professor for graduate students. She has published 26 scholarly articles. Her website is www.addisagift.com 3075 Citrus Circle Suite 205 Walnut Creek CA 94598

Melissa Orlov - ADHD Effect Marriage Counseling

"Knowledge is power, and understanding and respecting your differences is the key to long-lasting joy when one or both of you has ADHD. I offer support for adults with ADHD and their partners, including seminars and support groups so couples impacted by ADHD can learn to thrive again."

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Friends of Quinn

Friends of Quinn is an online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences, as well as for the people who love them. Founded by Quinn Bradlee, filmmaker and author of A Different Life, a book about growing up with LDs, our mission is to connect the LD world. Learn more here https://www.friendsofquinn.com/