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What does neurodivergent mean?

The human population is neurodiverse, composed of neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals.

Neurodivergent is a term to describe an individual. This individual's brain processes, learns, and/or behaves differently from what is considered "typical." This can result in difficulty with different mental tasks, but can also bring unique cognitive strengths. Forms of neurodivergence includes ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, OCD, Parkinson’s, TBI, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Tourette’s, learning differences, and more.

Coined in the 1990s by Judy Singer and Harvey Blume, “neurodiversity” is a term to describe a group of people with a range of neurocognitive variation. This term recognizes that everyone's brain develops in a unique way. Like a person's fingerprints, no two brains are exactly the same - not even those of identical twins! The human population in general is neurodiverse, because neurotypical and neurodivergent people alike have varying strengths and weaknesses in attentional, creative, systematization, social, and other skills.