Neurodiversity Celebration Week is upon us and focuses on the positive qualities of those who live with neurodiverse disorders / conditions (as referred to medically).
ADHD is just one of several disorders that sit under the umbrella of neurodiverse disorders which include:
- Autism (ASD)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Whilst Neurodiversity is often thought of in terms of disorder, disfunction or abnormality; society needs to reframe the way that it views neurodiversity and instead think in terms of a difference in skills / abilities, styles of learning and thought processes when compared to our neurotypical counterparts with each group complimenting each others abilities rather than competing against them.
At a time when there is so much division in the world, what is required, and in fact needed, is acceptance, understanding, empathy, support, inclusion and encouragement. We bring many skills to the table and approach life from a different angle, one that presents a different and often insightful perspective that neurotypical peers often don’t see.
The days of ‘eye rolling’ and ‘sitting us on the sidelines’ need to come to an end but that can only happen if each and every one of us opens our hearts and minds, pausing in those judgemental moments and embracing our differences.
All the best