There’s much I can say about this topic including the gut-kicking failures and triumphs as the result of my own. Although the term neurodiversity didn’t reach me until 2014 or so, I’ve been keenly aware of its unique lens and flavoring throughout my life.

As a former college lecturer/educator I had the distinct pleasure and honor of learning from my neurodiverse students– from the kinds of accommodations they each required, to the creative and unique ways they experienced the world, each left a beautiful imprint in my heart.

“Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.”

Harvard Health Publishing

Because so much of our world (including most institutions) were built by and are operated by the neuro-typical, individuals who are neurodiverse are generally challenged by environments that are fast, loud, or unkind– and they, in turn, feel unfit, unseen, and unappreciated.

Most, if not all human beings appreciate kind, calm, and patient people and environments. I know I do. Perhaps the neurodivergent represent an adapted intelligence or an evolutionary leap of sorts— one that can help society and our institutions to appreciate and nurture each individual as a unique and valuable expression of our living world.

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