Find out about neurodiversity

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Neurodiversity is the term used to describe the rich pattern of differences in the way people think and function in life. The term is more inclusive and less stigmatising than “specific learning difficulties,” as it does not assume that any one way of thinking or functioning is better than another.

Neurodiversity includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Asperger syndrome and attention deficit disorder.  Some people also include aspects of mental well-being as part of neurodiversity.  People who do not experience any of these syndromes are said to be “neurotypical,” in the sense that the world is set up to favour those without these named aspects of neurodiversity.  However, an even more inclusive way of looking at this is to say that we all have unique individual differences and are so part of a richly diverse population.

A good place to explore neurodiversity, at least in an education setting, is to read this book:


Pollak, D. (2009), Neurodiversity in higher education: positive responses to specific learning differences, Chichester, West Sussex, Wiley-Blackwell.

You can also learn more from this website:

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