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  • Writer's pictureAlley Dezenhouse Kelner

"Neurodivergent" vs. "Neurodiversity"

Language matters. As we learn more, our language evolves. The term “neurodivergent” (while frequently misused) means a variety of the composition of the brain; it exists in comparison to the neurotypical (socially constructed concept of “normal”) brain. Neurodivergent folks may have developmental or intellectual disability, or mental health conditions. A person is neurodivergent (adjective), while a person may value neurodiversity (noun).

Language matters. Did I miss anything in my definition? I’m listening.

Speaking of listening, did you catch the "10 Habits for a Special Needs Parent" podcast episode? If not, check it out here!

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