Neurodiversity is a deeply personal experience. Going through life with a neurocognitive difference – such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia – affects your entire way of being in the world. Even within individual conditions such as ADHD, the presentation of symptoms is extremely variable. Many of these conditions also co-occur, meaning that an autistic person is also likely to have ADHD, and someone with ADHD is likely to be dyslexic. Combined, these conditions can have an entirely different presentation than one or the other experienced alone.
Aside from the widely-known tick box symptoms, such as distractibility for those with ADHD, neurodivergence shapes the way we relate to language, respond to sensory input, or interact in social situations. Within the workplace, a neurodivergent person might work in a completely different way to their neurotypical colleagues. In creative industries such as music, this can be a real benefit. However, without appropriate support or the basic understanding of their colleagues, autistic people and those with ADHD or other conditions can feel left behind.