The term has been used increasingly in academic circles, but what does it actually mean?

The term “neurodivergent” refers to individuals who have brains that function differently from what is considered “typical” or “normal.” This includes people with conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, and others.

The World Economic Forum published a graphic showcasing the broad web that is neurodiversity.

Neurodivergent individuals may have strengths and challenges that are different from those of neurotypical individuals. For example, some people with autism have exceptional attention to detail, strong memories, and an ability to process information quickly, while also experiencing challenges with social interaction and communication. Similarly, individuals with ADHD may have high energy and creativity, but struggle with focus and organization.

It’s important to note that neurodivergent individuals should not be viewed as having “disorders” or being inherently broken or in need of fixing. Instead, it’s essential to recognize that their brains function differently, and support should be provided to help them thrive in a neurotypical world.


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