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Neurodiversity, Neurodivergent, and Neuroinclusive explained  

Aug 22, 2023

In this blog post we will break down the terms neurodiversity, neurodivergence and neuro inclusive. How organisations and individuals can be confused about the term- and afraid of getting things wrong.

Neurodiversity/ neurodiverse

Neurodiversity is a broad concept that encompasses the entire spectrum of natural neurological variations present in the human population. It recognises that different individuals have different ways of thinking, learning, and processing information. 

Neurodiversity – a noun – the diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in people. Everyone has a unique brain and therefore different strengths, abilities, and needs.

Neurodiverse – an adjective – describes the diversity and variation of cognitive functioning in people. Neurodiverse is often used to describe neurodivergent people

Neurodivergence / neurodivergent

Neurodivergence specifically refers to cognitive functioning and thinking patterns that deviate from the perceived “typical” or neurotypical norm. Examples of neurodivergence include conditions such as Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (DCD), Dyscalculia, and ADHD.  

Neurodivergence – a noun – cognitive functioning that is not considered “typical”. For example autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic people.

Neurodivergent – an adjective – describes people who have a neurodivergence.

In summary, neurodiversity is a broad concept that recognises and celebrates the entire range of cognitive differences in the population, whereas neurodivergent specifically describes individuals who have cognitive profiles that differ from the perceived norm.  

Neurodiversity encompasses both neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals, highlighting the richness and value of diverse cognitive perspectives.  

Neuroinclusive / neuroinclusitivity

Neuroinclusivity refers to creating an environment or culture that embraces and accommodates all cognitive profiles, including both neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals. It is a commitment to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their cognitive differences, feel valued, respected, and included in all aspects of society, including education, the workplace, and the community.  

Neuroinclusivity recognizes that diversity in cognitive functioning is a natural part of the human experience and seeks to break down barriers that may prevent individuals from fully participating and thriving in society. 

By creating neuroinclusive environments, organisations and communities strive to harness the potential of all individuals, leading to greater innovation, collaboration, and overall well-being.  

A neuroinclusive approach involves implementing policies, practices, and attitudes that promote equal opportunities, access to resources, and support for individuals with varying cognitive needs. This can include providing reasonable adjustments, fostering open communication, and raising awareness about different cognitive styles.  

In conclusion  

Neurodiversity recognises the spectrum of cognitive differences present in the human population. 

Being neurodivergent signifies possessing a cognitive profile that diverges from the perceived norm, often accompanied by unique strengths and abilities. 

Neuroinclusivity involves creating a workplace or environment that values and accommodates cognitive diversity, striving to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their cognitive patterns, are respected, supported, and empowered to contribute their best and help organisations thrive. 

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