1000speak is my way to say thanks and to point out a different way of thinking and to have compassion for those “different” – why do we fear difference? Why was I wired so differently that instead of running from difference, difficulty and division, I embrace it and I would posit that I try to understand why it is so feared. It is not easy. I present this symbol today. It is the symbol of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species. It can and is shown often as a symbol in the autism rights movement. As my sister was diagnosed as being autistic at a young age and as my mother vehemently fought the diagnosis and with my multiple disabling conditions (including mild neurological conditions and Tourettes) I want to place this out “on the line” to raise awareness and compassion for those struggling. To think about autism and other neurological conditions as not something bad, but as a normal divergence from the bell curve is just fantastic!