Whether you’re a teacher or TA, office worker or stay at home mum, you will have spent time with neurodiverse individuals at some point in your life. Neurodiversity is a broad term that covers ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome and many nuances in between.
Neurodiversity is a thing to be celebrated and recognised as a positive difference to the norm. Some famous neurodiverse people include Emma Watson, Elon Musk, Walt Disney and Einstein to name just a few, which highlights how talented and creative our wonderfully different brains can be.
What is Neurodiversity Celebration Week?
March 21 – 27, 2022
As a dyslexic who spends most of their time writing, I truly feel the importance of changing and opening up preconceptions of how neurodiverse individuals are perceived and labled.
I used to be embarrassed to admit that I was dyslexic, that it was a failing, an excuse for the reason I struggle to spell and read aloud. But now I tell people matter-of-factly, it’s a part of who I am – a creative and determined person who has to try a little harder in some aspects of my life to do what I love.
So what can you do, to make a positive difference in the world of education and to shift thinking around the understanding of neurodiversity?
Take a look at these school resources and general information to gain a better understanding.