Neurodiversity & Neurodivergent: Meanings, Types & Examples

Find out more about the different types of neurodivergence.


Neurodiversity definitions...


Noun: The diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in people. Everyone has a unique brain and therefore different skills, abilities, and needs.


Adjective: Describes the diversity and variation of cognitive functioning in people. Neurodiverse is typically used to describe neurodivergent people.


Noun: Cognitive functioning which is not considered "typical". For example, autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic people.


Adjective: Describes people who have a neurodivergence.

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity Definitions and Different Types
“Neurodiverse” refers to a community of people whose members are neurodivergent.

Neurodiversity is an approach to education and ability that supports the fact that various neurological conditions are the effect of normal changes and variations in the human genome.

ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia all fall within the spectrum of “Neurodiversity” and are all neurodiverse conditions.

Neuro-differences are recognised and appreciated as a social category similar to differences in ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or ability.

For example, a condition such as dyslexia is an integral part of a person. To take away their dyslexia is to take away from the person.

Types of Neurodiversity


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