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What is Neurodiversity?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

Hopefully, soon. The typing editor for this site won't think that is a typo. The Neurodiverse Workplace has a great set of tools to help understand the concept. Here are some highlights:

Neurodiversity: The diversity of ways in which human brains think, learn, relate and interpret the world. (The Neurodiverse Workplace, 2019. Victoria Honeybourne )

Neurodiversity is the diversity of ways in which people think, learn and relate to others. Our brains all interpret the world differently. – Traditionally, individuals who think differently have been given diagnoses such as dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, autism or Asperger syndrome. These individuals have been labelled as having something ‘wrong’ with them. Some estimates suggest that up to 20 per cent of the population could be considered neurodivergent in one way or another.

The neurodiversity paradigm sees these differences in neurocognitive functioning as being a natural and normal aspect of human variation to be expected and accepted. No one way of functioning is considered superior to any other; all are viewed as equally valid. The neurodiversity paradigm is rapidly gaining increased recognition.

Workplaces and other systems have generally only been designed for one way of thinking, the neurotypical way. This places others at a disadvantage. Neurodivergent individuals often report difficulties in the workplace due to a lack of understanding and support for their differences.

There are many benefits for businesses and organisations that adopt the neurodiversity paradigm and create more inclusive practices.

Honeybourne, Victoria. The Neurodiverse Workplace (pp. 26-28). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Kindle Edition.


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