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What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a term coined in the 1990s that describes variation in human brain functions relating to sociability, learning, attention, and mood. The term challenges pathologising characterisations of neurodevelopmental variance with difference instead simply considered a naturally occurring variation. Neurodiversity encompasses variations such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). 

The UCD EDI Neurodiversity Working Group was established in 2021 to better understand our campus climate in relation to neurodiversity, and to make recommendations that help make UCD a neurodiversity friendly environment for all in which to study and work. Making UCD a Neurodiversity Friendly Research Report was launched 18th April 2024. A copy of the report is available at the bottom of this webpage.

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University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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