For Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022 (21st to 27th March), e-wellbeing and Brighton & Hove Young Healthwatch want to raise awareness of neurodiversity and the importance of celebrating different minds.
What is Neurodiversity Celebration Week?
Neurodiversity is about accepting the natural differences that exist in our brains; our differences are what make us who we are!
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is about celebrating neurodiverse people across the UK, raising awareness of neurodivergent conditions, and improving support and understanding.
When we work together to be inclusive to all, we can create a world full of acceptance, new ideas and kindness!
What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity simply means “difference of the brain”. This means we are all individuals, and every person’s brain is unique!
Some people’s brains work in ways that are quite similar, and this is referred to as ‘neurotypical’. Meanwhile, some people’s brains have more differences than others, and these differences can affect how they think, feel, and behave.
There’s no right or wrong way to be; whether you are ‘neurotypical’ or ‘neurodivergent’, we are all valid!
Sometimes people can have a specific type of neurodivergence, and this can include things such as:
- Tourette’s Syndrome
These aren’t the only ways that someone can be neurodiverse; Neurodiversity is a spectrum, and people can relate to many different parts of it. Not everyone with a certain diagnosis will think or react in the same way, just like anyone else!
To learn more about neurodiversity, check out our Neurodiversity & Mental Health module here!
You can also listen to our latest podcast episode with Louisha, a 17 year old who shares her experience of being a neurodiverse and blind young person. Listen to the full episode here.