Launch of UCD Neurodiversity Celebration Week
As Chair of the Neurodiversity Working Group, I am delighted that we are launching UCD’s inaugural Neurodiversity Celebration week. Neurodiversity, a term coined to reflect the variation in human brain functioning, reflects the fact that at least 10% of the population is ‘neurodifferent’. Traditional labels for these differences include Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder and dyslexia. Neurodiversity highlights that differences do not have to imply deficit as has been the prevailing assumption for many years. Instead Neurodiversity shines a light on the positive aspects of differences in brain functionality and the value to every community in embracing an approach which enables rather than dis-enables.
This celebration week represents the multiplicity of differences and talents represented by neurodiversity as evidenced by the range of contributors across multiple strands of society – the arts, finance, medicine, technology, architecture and the environment. We want to send a positive message to all students, staff and graduates of the strengths and successes of Neurodiversity across the UCD community.We invite you to join us in celebrating these talents and successes via webinars, panels and blogs.
I would like to pay tribute to my colleagues on the group and all the contributors to the week who are giving generously of their time and insights – bringing this week together in a matter of months since the group was established, is a testament to the enthusiasm, goodwill and belief in the importance of neurodiversity which has fuelled the efforts behind the organisation. We have aimed to be as inclusive as possible and hope to build on this.If you are interested in joining us on this journey please do get in touch. Associate Professor Blánaid Gavin, Chair UCD Neurodiversity Group
Read blogs from neurodivergent members of the UCD Community, and register for events via UCD Neurodiversity Celebration Week webpage.