Welcome to the Freelancer’s Teabreak, and this ADHD freelance coach is about to share with you a big mistake I’ve made with neurodiversity. This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week. The thing is…I talk about having ADHD a LOT. Too much probably. So I thought instead I’d share the biggest lesson I’ve learnt about neurodiversity, and what what it actually covers – and why I won’t be calling myself a neurodiversity coach.

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The biggest mistake I’ve made about neurodiversity

Welcome to the Freelancer’s Teabreak, and this ADHD freelance coach is about to share with you a big mistake I’ve made with neurodiversity. This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week. The thing is…I talk about having ADHD a LOT. Too much probably. So I thought instead I’d share the biggest lesson I’ve learnt about neurodiversity.

Prefer to read it? Here are the main points!

Introduction:
Neurodiversity is a concept that celebrates the unique differences in brain types and challenges the idea of a “normal” or “typical” brain. In this blog post, we will delve into the terms neurodivergent and neurodiverse, and explore a valuable lesson learned by Emma Cossey in her journey of self-discovery as someone with ADHD. We will also discuss the importance of using appropriate language when referring to neurodivergence and highlight the need for understanding and acceptance in the freelance community.

Summary of Main Points:
1. Neurodivergent vs. Neurodiverse: Emma clarifies the difference between these terms. Neurodivergent refers to individuals who are not neurotypical, encompassing conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and more. On the other hand, neurodiverse includes both neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals, recognizing the diversity of all brain types.

2. Broadening the Understanding: Emma emphasizes the need to expand our understanding of neurodivergence beyond autism and ADHD. Conditions such as dyscalculia, Tourette’s, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and various mental health conditions also fall under the neurodivergent umbrella. It is important to acknowledge the potential comorbidities and complexities that can arise.

3. The Evolution of Language: Just as language evolves to reflect societal changes, the terminology surrounding neurodiversity is also evolving. Emma Cossey highlights the importance of using precise language and avoiding dismissiveness towards other brain types that fall under the neurodivergent category. It is crucial to respect and acknowledge the unique experiences of each individual.

4. The Role of Freelancers: Freelancers often work with clients who may have neurodivergent conditions. By understanding the breadth of neurodiversity and adopting inclusive practices, freelancers can create a supportive and accommodating environment for their clients. Recognising the diverse needs and strengths of neurodivergent individuals can lead to more successful collaborations.

Call to Action:
As we continue to learn and grow, it is essential to stay open-minded and receptive to new information. If you have any insights or want to make any corrections regarding Neurodiversity and Neurodivergent, please share them in the comments section. Let us foster a community of understanding and acceptance, where neurodiversity is celebrated and embraced and we are all open to learning and educating ourselves.

In conclusion, neurodiversity is a vast and multifaceted concept that encompasses a wide range of brain types and conditions. By using precise language and expanding our knowledge, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for neurodivergent individuals. Let us strive for empathy, understanding, and celebration of the unique strengths that neurodiversity brings to our lives and work.

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