Neurodiversity is the variation and differences in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. All neurotypes are part of the variation of the human population, and should be considered as ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’, as well as ‘different’ not ‘disabled’.
Types of Neurodivergence include:
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD or dyspraxia)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic Spectrum (ASD)
- Tourette Syndrome (TS), and others
Neurodivergent people are seen as having ‘disorders’ and needing to be ‘fixed’ as a result of not being able to integrate and engage in society the same way neurotypical people do.
With environmental factors that accommodate ‘typical’ neurological needs, society is constructed towards neurotypical people, it celebrates their qualities and overlooks their deficiencies. It does not question their perception or neurocognitive functioning but allows them to live perceived ‘normal’ lives.
Neurodivergent people often grow up with their natural talents being seen as defects. They receive little support in areas they could flourish, and their growth is hindered by the opportunity cost of forcing themselves to be ‘normal’. Although many are able to do this for a short period of their life, it is unsustainable and comes with huge social, financial, physical and mental health costs. Unable to integrate into society and live in an environment that does not accommodate them, neurodivergent people are forced to become dependant on others and are seen as a burden to society.
Through creating social environments that accommodate neurodivergent needs, we allow neurodivergent people to be accepted, connect with others, discover and develop their qualities, and contribute to the benefit of society. After all, the most innovative human developments in history have come from a neurodivergent mind.