About Neurodiversity: how neurodiversity can shape our experiences, and what you can do to embrace neurodiversity

Our society is inherently neurodiverse – you will find neurodiversity in every classroom, clinic, workplace and neighbourhood.  But neurodiversity is not always visible or labelled.  While many neurodivergent people will have a diagnosis such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia or dyspraxia (or a combination of these), many will not.  And those with a diagnosis might not choose to share that information.

We all need to be aware of the existence of neurodiversity, and use that to help us

  • accept the fact that we all have different experiences of, responses to, and needs in the world
  • create more inclusive communities, schools, workplaces and services
  • ask for, and provide, accommodations that enable us all to thrive
  • fight stigma, discrimination and prejudice
  • highlight the benefits neurodivergent people bring to their employment, education and communities

If you want to know more about neurodiversity itself, how neurodiversity can shape our experiences, and what you can do to embrace neurodiversity, please read on.

This website includes some helpful definitions of key neurodiversity terminology. We have also made a short glossary of terms – every time you see a word marked in blue, you can look it up in the glossary.


The information on these pages was compiled by the following group of authors:

Sue Fletcher-Watson, Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

Leigh R Abbott, Research Project Lead in Neurodiversity, University of Glasgow

Dinah Aitken, Salvesen Mindroom Centre

Jane MacDonnell, Harris Trust

Evgenia Postovalova, Neurodiversity Network, University of Glasgow

Ziyi Song, Neurodiversity Network, University of Glasgow

Luis Zambrano Hernandez, Neurodiversity Network, University of Glasgow


Questions or comments on the content on these pages should be directed to:


For more information about neurodiversity practice please visit our partners Salvesen Mindroom Centre.