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What is Neurodiversity?

'Neurodiversity' is a phrase first introduced in the 1980’s by Judy Singer.

This diagram by Kirby and Cleaton shows the percentages for co-occurring conditions ASC, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and ADHD.

Neurodiversity is a term used to describe a range of neurological differences  including:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia (also called Developmental Coordination Disorder, or DCD)
  • Dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

These conditions very often co-occur and many symptoms overlap, as shown in the diagram on the right.

Neurodiverse groups may be more highly represented in Health and Social care Professions than the general population.

There are many strengths in neurodiversity.

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Neurodiverse Nursing

Support for neurodivergent nurses, nursing support workers and student nurses.

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Guidance for Managers

Suggestions for supporting Neurodivergent staff. 

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ND reading list

Some recommended reading on Neurodiversity from the RCN library.