Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that acknowledges that all our brains work differently.
Judy Singer came up with the term in the late 1990s, an Australian sociologist. She used the term in her sociology thesis in 1996-1998 (and formally presented the paper in 1998)
“Singer, a sociologist on the autism spectrum, rejected the idea that people with autism were disabled. She believed their brains simply worked differently . The term was quickly embraced by activists in the autism community and beyond. Advocates have used it to fight stigma and promote inclusions on the School and worldwide.”( 2021 My Spectrum Suite).
The movement emphasizes that the goal shouldn’t be to “cure” people whose brain works differently.
Examples of neurodiversity conditions include Asperger’s, Global developmental delay, Autism, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and much more which very often overlap. Neurodiversity helps to foster the view that neurological disparities are to be acknowledged and respected as any other human disparity. It is also used to counter the erroneous stereotypes that the society have and are embracing.
All human beings have distinct interests, some of us excel more than others but this does not mean others do not have their own related excellence.
The most effective educators are incorporating learning support into core learning.
We are all different and all educational systems should reflect all forms of diversity.
We may struggle with some tasks and excel with others; education should reflect this diversity. Neurodiversity acknowledges this fact; all our brains are wired differently and process information differently. It is no longer a disability issue, but rather more about diversity.
Recognise that diverse skin colour.
Recognise that diverse behaviour.
Recognise this and more and begin now to put in the appropriate structures that every community needs to respond adequately to the needs of all.
“Why Can’t You be Normal for Once in Your Life?” based on her thesis which was published in the UK in 1999 (Disability Discourse, Mairian Corker Ed., Open University Press, February 1, 1999, p 64)).”