What is Neurodiversity? What does it mean to be Neurodivergent?
It’s a pretty big word to explain quite a simple idea! We’ll explain it later on in this book. First let’s look at another word because it will help explain Neurodivergence.
That other word is Neurodiversity. This is a word to describe the fact that the world needs all different kinds of people so that we can work well together. Some people are excellent problem solvers, some people are extremely kind and thoughtful, others are great inventors and others are wonderful teachers and carers. And of course there are plenty of other qualities too and different combinations of these.
Some people talk about us having different brains, and that’s true – no two humans have the same brain! Neurodiversity is more than just our brains though and we have a terrible habit of looking at things in segmented ways instead of holistically or as a whole. Neurodiversity means brains, neurology, biology, thinking, feeling, sensing, communicating, interacting and just being.
The problem is that our world isn’t quite set up for all these different ways of being – that’s because of a long history of people in power dividing people by placing one group of people ahead of another. This is called discrimination or prejudice. We’ll talk about these things later on.
If you can think of other qualities and talents that people bring to this world can you write them below or if you don’t like writing much you could talk about them or draw pictures or symbols to show your thoughts. We’ve left the next page blank for you to do that.
Also you don’t have to do this right now. You could take some time and see what you think of maybe in a few hours, days or however long you need to think about it. There is no rush to do any of this work, it’s supposed to be a fun journey for you so you do it whatever way is best for you.