These weeks are worldwide initiatives that aim to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by recognising the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.
1 in 7 people of the UK population has a neurodiverse condition
What does it mean to be neurodiverse?
‘neurotypical’ brain develops typically in terms of thought patterns & behaviour. This is the dominant neurotype – previously considered as the ‘standard’ brain.
‘neurodivergent’ brain functions and experiences the world in ways different to the dominant, ‘neurotypical’ with unique perspectives and rich characteristics.
‘neurominority’: a group that shares the same divergence
What is neurodiversity?
You may be familiar with some types of neurodiversity often described as learning differences as these conditions do not impact on IQ, such as conditions including, but not restricted to Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Differences (ADHD), Tourette’s.
Neurodivergent individuals are often...
- Out of the box creatives - High creativity and holistic thinking associated with Dyslexia and Attention Differences.
- Industry savants - Passionately enthusiastic about their interests, those on the Autistic spectrum tend to be geniuses within their fields.
- Analytical gurus - Problem solving skills linked with Dyslexia and Autism due to pattern recognition ability (Dyslexia) and superb attention to detail (Autism).
- Proactive leaders - Proactive approach to tasks, open-mindedness & ability to cope well under pressure.
Famous neurodivergent talent includes: Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, Jennifer Anniston, Actor, Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder, Theo Paphitis, Entrepreneur & Dragon's Den star.
We are here to help?
Through raising awareness, making adaptations and providing support we can reduce societal stigma and help people to flourish.
B&FC colleagues contact E firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology can help, explore and access B&FC networked productivity software and training. Get started book a 1:1 through B&FC’s Digital Team bookings.
SensusAccess a self-service, alternate media solution allows you to change files, URLs, and text, into easier to read/listen to formats.
Glean’s note taking solution records audio notes so you can capture and learn from information more effectively.
Or Drop into the Learning Resource Centres E LRCs@blackpool.ac.uk
Let’s Talk Useful links and resources
- Autism find out about the Molehill Mountain free app specially designed to help autistic people understand more about their anxiety autistica.org.uk. Actually Autistic Blogs List – A list of blogs by Actually Autistic bloggers (wordpress.com) , Further information can be found at the National Autistic Society.
- Dyslexia read why dyslexia can meet today’s talent recruitment challenge here. For further information can be found at the British Dyslexia Association.
- Attention Differences find videos How to ADHD - YouTube and comics about living with ADHD: adhd-alien.com – Comics about the daily struggle with ADHD. Further information can be found at the ADHD UK.
- Tourette’s factsheet can be downloaded here. Further information can be found at Tourettes Action.
- For colleagues Enjoy the Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022 events . See this brief video on neurodiversity inclusive teaching for mixed-neurology classes. Teacher training Made By Dyslexia and Microsoft Dyslexia here. More Neurodiversity Resources.
- Don’t forget Fika mental fitness skills development platform for everyone. Download Fika and sign up Apple / Google Play / web
Find Blackpool and The Fylde College on the list and use your B&FC email address to sign up.
What is B&FC doing during Neurodiversity Celebration Week?
SS&W and the Students' Union have prepared a week full of content and events to get involved with whether you’re neurodivergent or not.