What is neurodivergence?

Neurodivergent is a term for someone whose mind work differently than what is considered “normal” or socially acceptable.

Neurodivergent is the opposite of neurotypical, which just means someone whose brain works the way that our society expects it to (“normally”).

Neurodiversity is the concept that people’s brains are as diverse as humanity is. The term was coined by autistics who advocate that they are not sick, just different, and that the problems they face in trying to navigate life are not inherently a part of autism but in fact caused by a society that does not accept or understand them.

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Neurodivergent people are often diagnosed or self-identify as having autism, nonverbal learning disorder, depression, anxiety or other developmental or learning disabilities. Using a neurodivergence framework, these can be understood as categories for different ways that a person’s brain functions.