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Is being neurodiverse accepted in Korea?

AskCategory: Living in KoreaIs being neurodiverse accepted in Korea?
Isabella asked 8 months ago
just curious as i’m autistic
*reuploaded because it was taken down for some reason.
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J Staff answered 8 months ago
There isn’t much awareness of neurodiversity in Korea. I was born and raised in Korea, and majored in special education in the U.S.. I am going to expand this response beyond the neurodiversity (hope you understand! XD)
Over the years, I realized how invisible the individuals with exceptionalities are in Korea society. People certainly notice if your disability is visible; have physical disability, blind, deaf, or your disability visually showing. Still, you don’t see a lot of people with visible disabilities in public places in Korea (compared to the U.S.).But other disability categories, such as learning disability or emotional behavior mental issues are easily overlooked, partially because they are invisible. In schools, they are mostly viewed lazy, very slow at learning, misbehaving, not enough discipline, or spoiled. With this, not enough inclusion happens in public schools and kids with diagnosis are often sent to a separate school to attend. Just adding a very sad and outrageous case that shows how the Korea society views individuals with disabilities: Parents, residents spar over school for disabled Not many people/students are diagnosed in schools, let alone clinically.
ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, autism, and depressions are common terms people know of. They know the word, but not in depth like what it actually means to have a medical/clinical diagnosis.
 
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