The term neurodiversity was coined by Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist, in the late 1990s.
Rather than seeing neurodiversity as a disorder or deficit, she recognised it as a perfectly natural difference in the human population: ‘Neurodiversity refers to the virtually infinite neuro-cognitive variability within Earth’s human population. It points to the fact that every human has a unique nervous system with a unique combination of abilities and needs.’
The way we interact with the world is conditioned by environmental factors, such as culture, family and peers. In addition to these environmental influences, someone who is considered neurodiverse may interpret information differently.
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