Neurodiversity Celebration Week is an annual event that celebrates the strengths and contributions of individuals who are neurodivergent.
Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in human brain function and includes conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological differences. Some common types of neurodiversity include:
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD): ASD is a developmental disorder that affects social interaction, communication, and behaviour.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): ADHD is a condition that affects attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
- Dyslexia: Dyslexia is a reading disorder that affects the ability to read, write, and spell.
- Dyscalculia: Dyscalculia is a mathematical disorder that affects the ability to understand and use numbers.
- Dyspraxia: Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder that affects movement and coordination.
- Tourette syndrome: Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary tics and vocalizations.
- Giftedness: Giftedness is a form of neurodiversity that refers to individuals with exceptionally high intelligence or talents in a particular area.
The purpose of this campaign is to promote awareness and acceptance of neurodiversity and to challenge negative stereotypes and stigmas surrounding neurodivergent individuals. The week often includes events such as speakers, workshops, and social activities that aim to educate and celebrate neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is typically held in the first week of March, although the exact dates may vary depending on the organisation or group hosting the event. In 2023, the celebration week takes place from 13 to 19 March 2023.
The Campaign tagline for Neurodiversity Celebration Week is ‘Celebrating Different Minds‘. This is because the campaign says neurodiversity is more than labels like Dyslexia, Autism or ADHD.
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Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.