Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits. © Harvard University
The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities. The neurodiversity movement emerged during the 1990s, aiming to increase acceptance and inclusion of all people while embracing neurological differences. Through online platforms, more and more autistic people were able to connect and form a self-advocacy movement. At the same time, Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist, coined the term neurodiversity to promote equality and inclusion of “neurological minorities.” While it is primarily a social justice movement, neurodiversity research and education is increasingly important in how clinicians view and address certain disabilities and neurological conditions.
Read more at the Neurodiversity Week Website.
Openreach’s Neurodiversity Network is celebrating International Neurodiversity Celebration this week.NDCW-2023_Support-Pack-100323
Please see above for upcoming people network D&I events for awareness, where members may be interested in listening to external speakers or attending other events that are happening.
The Openreach National Team will be meeting with the company over the coming weeks to discuss how we can best work together.