Who We Are
Launched in 2013 by Mercedes Lucero, Spectrum Extract is an online art and literary magazine by, for, and about people with autism and developmental disabilities. We are committed to fostering understanding and growth through art and literature. It is our hope that Spectrum Extract can help contribute to building a neurodiverse world and provide the space for these important works.
What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.
For many autistic people, neurodiversity is viewed as a concept and social movement that advocates for viewing autism as a variation of human wiring, rather than a disease. As such, neurodiversity activists reject the idea that autism should be cured, advocating instead for celebrating autistic forms of communication and self-expression, and for promoting support systems that allow autistic people to live as autistic people.