When I first started using Twitter I was advocating for NLD (Nonverbal Learning Disability) to be put on the DSM5 and to be recognized by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). These are the WHO’s WHO list of health and disability. I wanted a community for support, testing, research and schools to understand and make accommodations for Nonverbal Learning Disability. This would be an inclusive environment with recognition from home, to school, in the community, and our society for NLD and other unique learning styles with extraordinary minds. I want people to LEARN, LIVE, and SURVIVE. I want people to understand and know their QUALITY OF LIFE.
In a recent article by NPR, Autism Is Underestimated in South Korea, it may be more common than one thinks. Autism is Mr. Umbrella of the Spectrum. These neurological disorders are global and are being overlooked. At least Autism is recognizable and has a National Autism Society for inclusion. NLD on the other hand is unrecognized by the DSM4 and it leaves it no room for being a credible neuropsychological disorder. Those who have been diagnosed with NLD Syndrome have unintentional behaviors and is not emotionally disturbed.
Whether it is Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), on the list or not, I am going for RECOGNITION FOR A HUMAN LIFE. The new text message for RECOGNITION FOR LIFE is ESBL We, the parents, our children/adults EAT, SLEEP, BREATH, and LIVE these disorders and have earned our HONORARY DEGREE.
This text blog message is dedicated to the American Psychiatric Association(APA), Dr. Regier and his task force team.
NLD Mom/cancer survivor