What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity encompasses the natural spectrum of cognitive and psychological variations within the human brain. These diverse categories of neurological differences are collectively known as neurodivergence. Individuals falling within this spectrum are commonly referred to as neurodivergent.

What are some examples of neurodivergence?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, bipolar disorder, and learning disorders are among some of the best-known categories of neurodivergence. While individuals may have the same neurodivergence, how it manifests often varies significantly by person.

How do these variations impact neurodivergent individuals?

Neurodivergence can present social and emotional challenges, sensitivity to sensory phenomena (light, noise, etc.,) difficulties with tasks like time management or organization, and communication and learning barriers. Neurodivergent individuals may experience significant challenges in one area while excelling in others.

Neurodiversity also offers unique strengths. Many neurodivergent folks are highly creative, attentive to detail, master specialized interests, and possess unique approaches to problem-solving.

Why is it valuable to embrace neurodiversity?

While some individuals within the neurodiverse community may pursue treatments or therapies to address specific challenges, the primary emphasis revolves around acceptance, accommodation, and celebrating diverse human experiences.

Advocates in the neurodiversity movement prioritize acceptance and inclusion over attempting to ’cure’ these conditions, recognizing them as integral parts of an individual’s unique personality. The notion of ‘curing’ neurodivergence implies that neurodiverse folks are flawed or in need of ‘fixing,’ perpetuating harmful stigma and discrimination.

How does Goodwin support and embrace neurodiversity?

At Goodwin University, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) guide everything we do. From faculty and staff to students and graduates, we form a community of diverse individuals with valuable perspectives. With comprehensive support services, accessible instructional design, and flexible class formats, we provide the freedom to tailor your experience to your academic, professional, and personal needs. Get started today and learn how Goodwin can help you achieve your educational goals!

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