“Neurodivergence” is an umbrella term originally coined by sociologist Judy Singer which recognizes the consistent ways that some brains work differently than the “neurotypical” population i.e. those whose brains function without atypical cognitive, neurological functioning, and processing styles.
A few examples of neurodivergence include: autism, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and more.
People with neurodivergent brains process the world around them uniquely – think differently – and offer unique strengths and value to any team. However, being neurodivergent is not without its challenges. Supporting neurodivergent peers requires understanding what makes their brains so powerful and what systems are in place where you learn or work that currently do not recognize and empower cognitive diversity.
In our latest Mindset in Motion podcast, we discuss neurodivergence and the considerations for higher education institutions and employers, joined by guest Emily Raclaw, of Marquette University.