Homeabelism#AbilityChat and Making Medical Care Easier

An animated picture of a tea setting with the words "Click here for more information about #AbilityChat" next to it. "*No tea was harmed in the making of this chat" is the subtext underneathAll my life, I’ve tended to attract people who didn’t really “fit in” with everyone else. I’m sure a lot of that had to do with the fact I’d spent so many years in special education, but even after I’d been mainstreamed and left high school altogether, the pattern held.

Now, I’ve met quite a few parents of children who happen to be neurodivergent. These kids range from nonverbal kids on the ASD spectrum to kids with LD. Interestingly enough, many friends from my teenage years also have neurodivergent kids.

One of the most trouble commonalities I’ve noticed between their online posts and rants is the difficulty they have in finding decent medical care for their kids. From what I’ve seen, the group pediatricians seem to have the most trouble with are kids with autism.

Although autism isn’t nearly as common as some other forms of neurodivergence, it’s still highly likely that these doctors will see at least one child on the spectrum during their careers, especially if they’re working in an emergency room or urgent care clinic.

From speaking with adults with neurodivergence, I know they face similar challenges. Yes, it’s absolutely different when you’re a child or you’re advocating for a child, but it’s still a very real problem.

I haven’t had much personal experience with that sort of thing, mostly because, although dyslexia is technically a medical diagnosis, it’s not something treated with medication. Now that I also have the ADHD diagnosis under my belt, I wonder how much that will change, especially if I have to switch clinics for whatever reason.

Tonight’s #AbilityChat centers on this issue, so it can be brought further into the light and to brainstorm ideas about how to make the experience of getting medical care a little less difficult than it needs to be.

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