Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024 

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Did you know that around 15-20% of people have a neurological difference? 

This Neurodiversity Celebration Week March 18 – 22, we’re looking at what being inclusive means when it comes to thinking about neurodivergence. 

Celebrating neurodiversity means understanding and accepting that people’s brains work in different ways, just like how we all look different and have unique personalities. 

What is neurodiversity? 

The way our brains are wired can mean we think, move, learn, and talk in our own unique ways. People often use the term “neurodiverse” include conditions such as Dyslexia, DCD (Dyspraxia), Dyscalculia, Autism, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome

A common approach to neurodiversity is to focus on diagnoses and labels, but this focus can make us disproportionately fixate on the challenges neurodivergent people experience, rather than their talents. 

How can we be more inclusive? 

Instead of using words like ‘disordered’ or ‘deficient’, the term ‘neurodiversity’ helps us recognise that everyone has unique strengths, as well as facing challenges. For example, did you know that people with Developmental Coordination Disorder are often highly empathetic? Or that Autistic people can be excellent logical thinkers? 

It also helps us to remember that many of the challenges experienced by neurodivergent people stem from the environment they are in, as these are often designed for the majority population.

The best way to harness the unique abilities of someone who thinks differently is by using a person-centred approach. This means developing strategies that work for each individual person. 

No matter the situation, appreciating that everyone’s brain works differently can really benefit neurodivergent and neurotypical people alike. 

See how you can get involved in Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Glossary: 

Neurodiverse means acknowledging that everyone’s brains work in different ways. 

Neurodivergent means people whose brains work differently than what is considered to be ‘typical’. 

Neurotypical means people whose brains work in a way that is considered to be ‘typical’.