Mar 17, 2023, Forbes: What Are The Takeaways Of Neurodiversity Celebration Week https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferpalumbo/2023/03/17/what-are-the-takeaways-of-neurodiversity-celebration-week/?sh=7f3390954985
Neurodiversity Celebration Week began on March 13 and will end on March 19. It is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by allowing schools, universities, and organizations to recognize the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.
"I founded Neurodiversity Celebration Week (NCW) in 2018 because I wanted to change the way learning differences are perceived," said Siena Castellon, the founder of NCW. "As a teenager who is autistic and has ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia, my experience has been that people often focus on the challenges of neurological diversity. I wanted to change the narrative and create a balanced view that focuses equally on our talents and strengths."
A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics found that autism rates have tripled over the last 16 years. In addition, new research suggests that up to 15-20% of the US population is neurodivergent.
Despite these growing numbers, there are still many misconceptions about neurodivergent people that hinder progress toward not just acceptance but recognizing diverse viewpoints and life experiences.
What Opportunity Neurodiversity Celebration Week Provides…
"Neurodiverse brains can be especially creative, detail focused and often carried on-average higher artistic, creative and mathematical skills," Danzl said. "All areas of high demand in today's businesses will only rise as workplaces become more automated and data-driven….
We're improving at speaking about neurodiversity, but there's still a long way to go. "Most of the neurodiversity represented today tends to be people with Aspergers," Danzl states. "But there are many different types of neurodiversity to celebrate – from ADHD to dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome, and dyspraxia."
Ultimately, Ms. Danzl shared a sentiment that best fits what NCW stands for and what the future holds. She said, "We shouldn't treat neurodiversity as a disability. Instead, we must support and harness the strengths and abilities of neurodiverse talent. The possibilities are powerful.”