The Neurodiversity Paradigm is a concept where neurological differences; Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Tourette Syndrome are recognised and respected like any other human variation.
While most people are neurotypical, meaning that their brain functions and processes information in the way modern society expects it to, around 1 in 7 people in the UK (more than 15%) are neurodivergent, meaning that their brains function, learn and process information differently.
Neurodiversity is an essential form of human diversity. The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind is like claiming that there is one normal gender, race or culture.
Neurodivergent individuals have made important discoveries throughout history, are proven innovators, creatives and pioneers, and the modern society that often rejects difference would not be as advanced as it is without neurodivergent minds.
The term ‘Neurodiversity’ was first coined in 1998 by Judy Singer, an Autistic Australian sociologist, and was quickly picked up and expanded upon within the Autistic activist community. Since then, the focus of the neurodiversity movement has broadened to include other conditions.
Neurodiversity is not about stripping people from their diagnosed conditions- not at all! It is about celebrating that these conditions exist, are a normal part of human existence and eliminating the stigma and misconceptions around them.
Some people, particularly parents of Autistic children who also have learning disabilities, speech and language delays, social communication challenges and who suffer distress and isolation in the education system and exclusion from employment often ask us if the Neurodiversity movement really includes their children? It does.
Every Neurodivergent mind is unique, beautiful and should be celebrated for the wonderful talents, skills and personality that the individual brings to the world.
As all parents know, their child is brilliant!
We are individuals with our own lived experiences of neurodivergent conditions, parents of neurodivergent children and professionals supporting neurodivergent and disabled children, adolescents and adults on a daily basis.
We know the struggles that your child and your family experience and that is why we formed this social enterprise.
We are committed to all campaigns for improvement and innovation in SEND and additional needs services across the UK and committed to advocating for your child, who really is just like us.
Great Minds Think Unalike
Neurodiverse UK was founded by neurodivergent individuals and all of our trainers and writers have one or more neurodivergent conditions. We are successful individuals with professional careers, business interests and a passion for change.
Despite our successes, we have all struggled with the challenges of fitting into a neurotypical society and we want to help create a world where neurodivergent and disabled individuals are accepted with their skills, talents and “superpowers” are recognised.
Some of us are also parents to neurodivergent children who have additional disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
We are delighted that you have found our website and have joined us on our journey.
Neurodiversity Symposium: https://neurodiversitysymposium.wordpress.com/what-is-neurodiversity/
Autistic UK: https://autisticuk.org/neurodiversity/