What is Disabled and Neurodivergent Productivity?

Well, first I’ll tell you what it’s not.
It’s not about generating a lot of work or “maximizing output”. That may be the origin of productivity as a concept in the industrial world, but these days that’s not really what we’re talking about. Even in the realm of personal productivity, it’s meaning has changed gradually over the last decade or two.

These days, if you’re listening to the right people, we’re talking about creating and modifying systems to help us fulfill our unique potentials. We’re talking about how our environments and relationships heavily impact what we can do, and what we can be. We’re talking about creating the best conditions possible to live our best lives.

Along those same lines, Disabled and Neurodivergent Productivity isn’t about “not letting your disability stop you” (please don’t ever say that to anyone), it’s about expanding our individual potential and understanding our limitations in a way that allows us to better navigate them. It’s about tools for empowerment — not just empty words. It’s about wielding our agency, maximizing the effect of what we can do, and accepting help for what we can’t. It’s about being that help for others in our communities.

What’s important is navigation, not strength. We can become skilled at navigating our weaknesses and limitations — whether they are related to disabilities or not. We can strengthen some weaknesses, and others we’ll build supports around. We can break through some limitations, and others we’ll create buffers and boundaries for. But to do that, we have to know we can do it, we have to learn how to do it (because “try harder” is not the answer), and we need the right support.

We start with what we can do. Whether that means leveraging our skills, exploring new options, or asking for help and bit by bit we’ll expand our world, on our own terms.

My goal here is to provide resources and advice for collecting the right tools, and building the right supports for you as an individual. And soon, I want to provide a digital community space for us to share our experiences and tips with each other more freely.

If you’re interested in having a community space to discuss and share experiences, you can help make it happen by donating to my Ko-Fi page and letting me know what your favorite community platform is.

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