Neurodiversity includes every single person in the world. We all need each other and we are all just as important as each other and if people don’t know that or act like that then maybe they have just forgotten this important fact.
Neurotypical or neuro-majorities are two more big words used to describe the majority of people in the world. Even though this majority all differ from each other (as humans do) they have very similar ways of thinking, learning, communicating and interacting with each other.
Neurodivergent then is a word used to describe those of us who belong to a minority – a smaller group of people. Just like other people we also differ from each other but we share similar ways of thinking, learning communicating and interacting with each other.
Neurodivergent people communicate much easier with other Neurodivergent people and Neurotypical people communicate much easier with people from their big group.
When we communicate in a different way to the bigger group it can mean that we have a harder job to find people who communicate just like us. It also means that people in the majority group might not be very good at understanding our way of communicating and interacting. That is because they meet less of us because there are less of us around!
It can also mean that we might have some difficulties understanding people from this majority and the way they communicate.
This is a “double- empathy” problem. The very first person to recognise this problem was Damian Milton. Damian is a psychologist who lives in United Kingdom and he belongs to the Neurodivergent group of people in the world. He is Autistic, which is probably why he spotted this problem! Autistic people are very good at spotting problems and patterns.