What does NEURODIVERSITY mean?


Neurodiversity refers to the range of natural diversity that exists in human neurodevelopment. The term originated within the neurodivergent community in the 1990s (Botha et al., 2024). People with the most common neurological profiles are referred to as neurotypical or neuromajority. People with less common profiles are referred to as neurodivergent or neurominority. A group that includes both neurotypical and neurodivergent people is called neurodiverse.

Neurodivergence is an umbrella term that encompasses neurologies such as autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome and synaesthesia. In the same way that there is no such thing as a typical neurotypical, there is no such thing as a typical neurodivergent person: the experience and expression of neurodivergence is individual; it is common for a neurodivergent person to have a mix of different traits and a ‘spiky profile’; and we are just as influenced by our socialeconomic background, race, gender, disability, sexuality and other identities as people within the neuromajority.

The neurodiversity paradigm is based on two assumptions. First, that typical neurodevelopment is neither superior nor inferior to divergent neurodevelopment. The neurodivergent community – led by neurodivergent voices – is moving away from the medical model of ‘disorders’ and towards person-centred and biopsychosocial models (e.g., Whelpley et al., 2023). Second, that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, independently of how they diverge from a putative norm. The neurodiversity paradigm is explicitly inclusive of all neurodivergent people, including those with the highest and most complex support needs and, increasingly, those who self-identify as neurodivergent due to waiting for, or issues accessing, safe diagnostic assessments.

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There is ample opportunity provided to deepen your practice including a 2-day silent retreat at the beginning. The instruction is superlative. The sessions…

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I loved how the course was structured. I took TT1 in the intense format of 1 week and TT2 was instead spread over 2 months. I really enjoyed both formats and I felt that TT2 was ideal in this format, because I really had the time to absorb what I learnt in each session and had time to prepare.…

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Fantastic course. The structure of each day was fantastic. The days were long but every activity or teaching session felt like it was not rushed, there was spaciousness and yet things didn't often overrun or feel crammed in. Perfect balance. The teachers were absolutely wonderful, grounding,…

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