Warrington Disability Partnership

What is Neurodiversity?

At first you may think this is another new buzzword, but it isn't, read more!

Neurodiversity. Get your language head around that one. It feels like a word describing something from a SyFi movie, a Star Wars sound byte or a medical journal extract where brain surgeons discuss "wave paths and electrical impulses". But hold on, Neurodiversity is actually a very humanising word. It's a bit new and shiny yes, but it's all about people. People who may be a little different. People who some may say are wired in a unique way. But it's definitely a word describing human beings and it's a lot warmer and more meaningful than any of the new buzzwords that come along.

Yes but what is it!!

The BBC define it as a wide spectrum that covers a range of hidden neurological conditions like Autism/Asperger's, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette's, learning disabilities - to name just a few! Read more here and it may get you thinking because this is genuinely an interesting development in how we continue to build awareness of, and acceptance of, hidden disabilities that in fact often present challenges above and beyond the every day experience. Crucially Neurodiversity describes a range of impairments that can see people living in a very lonely place, but equally also pictures people at their strongest, brightest, most lively and clever, great contributors, great friends and simply some of the most determined individuals you will have the pleasure to know. And if you feel any of that is patronising then you need to learn more about Neurodiversity!

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About the author

Mark Wilson was a trustee on the WDP Board for five years, and a social media management lead until 1st May 2017. Mark's personal blogging website, The Blue Badge Blog, covers a wide range of disability issues, particularly accessible travel.

3rd April 2016