When we use the term ‘Neurodiversity’, what do we really mean?

By September 22, 2020 Latest News No Comments

Here at Agent Academy and Agent, we are all about expanding our knowledge on important subjects, especially ones that should be spoken more about.

Our team recently took part in Neurodiversity training hosted by Tony Lloyd, CEO of ADHD Foundation.

We learnt so much about Neurodiversity and we even learnt more about each other and the way that all of our minds work different, and that’s okay!

 

But what does it mean to be ‘Neurodiverse’?

Neurodiverse minds are part of the natural diversity of human cognitive capacity. It is so important to remember that these are not ‘errors of genetics’ or ‘disorders.’ Neurodiversity is about functioning, not IQ and Neurodiverse people have very specific strengths in particular areas.

Neurodiversity is the umbrella term for;

  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Tourette’s
  • Speech, Language and Communication Impairment

 

Did you know 1 in 5 human beings are Neurodiverse and 35% of celebrities are dyslexic or have ADHD?! To name a few;

Bill Gates – Dyscalculia

Will Smith – ADHD

Ed Sheeran – Speech Language Difficulties and Stutter

Albert Einstein – Autism & Dyslexia

3 Key Takeaways:

  • People who are neurodiverse will have different strengths and will face different challenges on a daily basis.
  • Neurodiversity is a benefit, especially in a team
  • Neurodiversity is not a disability

 

Something that I learned about myself:

I have always shied away from the fact that I struggle with numbers and punctuation but it was great to experience a training session that put everything into perspective and that actually, maybe numbers aren’t my strong point, but I have other strengths that I can use, especially in my everyday job. I thoroughly enjoyed the training session and would encourage you all to try it out!

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