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So, what is neurodiversity, anyway?

The answer to this question may vary, depending on who you ask.

Neurodiversity is a term that has its roots in the autism activism of the 1990s. In recent years, neurodiversity has come to represent a wide range of cognitive or neurological variations that are present in the human population.   

The INCLUDE program team has intentionally embraced a broad definition of neurodiversity that includes differences in sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions that are sometimes related to health diagnoses. A few examples of the many expressions of neurodiversity include ADHD, autism spectrum, dyslexia, and anxiety. 

We recognize that experiences of neurodiversity vary tremendously and that every individual is unique. We also understand that other intersecting aspects of identity such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability may be integral to each individual's experience.