Disability History Month: What is Neurodiversity?

Disabilities Officer
Tuesday 28 November 2023 10:04

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that celebrates the diversity of human brains and minds. It acknowledges that people have unique neurological differences, just like variations in personalities, skills, and abilities. While everyone's brain develops similarly, no two brains function just alike. Being neurodivergent means having a brain that works differently from the average or “neurotypical” person. These differences should be embraced and valued, everyone has a role to play no matter how their brain works.

Which conditions fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity?

A spectrum of conditions falls under the umbrella of neurodiversity, including autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), dyslexia, dyspraxia, and more. These conditions bring with them unique strengths and challenges. For instance, individuals with autism might excel in pattern recognition or possess extraordinary attention to detail, while those with dyslexia could exhibit exceptional creativity and problem-solving abilities.

How can neurodiversity impact students at Imperial?

Understanding and recognizing how neurodiversity can impact students is crucial. Many neurodiverse individuals might face challenges in learning environments that are not attuned to their specific needs. This could include difficulties with sensory sensitivity, processing information, time management, or social interaction. These challenges can sometimes be misunderstood or overlooked, impacting a student's academic performance and overall wellbeing.

Where can I find help if I am a student with neurodiversity?

Don’t hesitate to ask for help! The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) offers guidance, accommodations, and support that is specific to every student. You can also turn to your academic tutors or your individual departs who all have welfare staff to support you.