Neurodiversity is most commonly associated with Dyslexia, Dypraxia, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Conditions but includes any condition that affects some, but not all, thinking skills. It is a relatively new term, coined in the 1990s by Judy Singer, an Australian social scientist with an autistic child, however, is now a global concept.
This concept is that neurological differences are to be recognised and respected like any other human variation. These are 'spectrum' conditions, with a wide range of traits and characteristics which share some common features in terms of how people process information. It is still a concept under debate in our community.
A strengths based approach and positive mindset often assists our neurodiverse community to manage their challenges and appreciate their abilities - not the deficit approach.
The benefits of neurodiversity
Dr MacEachron succinctly outlines the benefits of neurodiversity in this wonderful video (click for link). We recommend you watch this to understand more about our empowerment model for Aspergers. From the website outline of this video:
'Neurodiversity is the concept that neurological differences among people should be recognized and respected, and Dr. MacEachron thinks it’s time for this movement to take off.
“Neurodiversity is a part of our genetics and our evolution as a species,” she explained. “The genes for autism and ADHD are not errors, but rather the result of variations in the human genome that have and will continue to have advances for society.”'