This website does not specifically cover ‘acquired’ neurodivergence, such as through brain trauma – though many of the same principles of people-centric inclusion are likely to be relevant when including such individuals.

Bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety are sometimes included under the umbrella of neurodivergence – and/or the umbrella of mental health – and are important to consider in the context of creating an inclusive, effective working environment for employees, but are not specifically covered within this website.

DYSCALCULIA

Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a specific learning disorder that is characterized by impairments in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numbers, and performing accurate and fluent calculations.

DYSGRAPHIA

Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects written expression. Dysgraphia can appear as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Dysgraphia can be a language-based, and/or non-language based disorder.

MEARES-IRLEN SYNDROME

Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information.

HYPERLEXIA

Hyperlexia is a syndrome observed in people who demonstrate the following cluster of characteristics: A precocious, self-taught ability to read words that appears before age 5, and/or an intense fascination with letters, numbers. logos, maps, or visual patterns.

TOURETTE SYNDROME

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements. This is a complex condition and a large number of people with the condition may also experience other disorders or conditions, such as anxiety.

 

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

SYNESTHESIA

Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers, or people’s names with a sensory perception such as smell, color, or flavor.

 

CAVEAT

As is evident there are many types of neurodivergences. Neurodivergents may have symptoms of multiple divergences and the level of degree or intensity may vary from person to person. Our purpose through this project is to help you understand that ‘divergence’ is not necessarily ‘disorder’, and that all people are part of the Neurodiversity Spectrum.

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