Neurotypical

Definition

A person is neurotypical (NT) if the way her brain works is basically the same as the majority of people around her, or is regarded as more or less “normal” by the standards of the society she lives in.

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A person is neurotypical if the way her brain works is regarded as more or less “normal” by the standards of the society she lives in, and if the institutions and expectations of that society were mostly created by and for people with brains that work much like her own. The word “Neurotypical” has the same relation to “Autistic” that “white” has to “Black” or to “racial minority,” or that “straight” has to “gay.” Just as white people have white privilege, neurotypicals have neurotypical privilege.

Neurotypical is often abbreviated as NT. It can be an adjective or a noun; one can say, “Autistics often struggle to make sense of neurotypical social behavior,” or “Autistics and neurotypicals must often work hard at understanding one another.”

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  • Usage example: “He’s neurotypical”, “He’s a neurotypical,” or “He’s NT.”

  • Usage example: “If the curricula and classroom environments in your local public school system when you were growing up were primarily designed for people whose brains work pretty much like yours, and if the majority of both your teachers and your peers had brains that worked pretty much like yours, then you have NT privilege.”

  • Case example: The majority of people who live their lives in their local society’s mainstream—people whose acquaintances would probably describe them as “normal” and who would most likely agree with that description—are neurotypical.

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