18 MAR 2024

It's Neurodiversity Celebration Week!

Read Write Now is proud to celebrate neurodiversity and embrace the differences that make our community unique.

Neurodiversity encompasses a range of neurological variations, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette's. However, rather than viewing these differences as deficits, we see them as strengths that contribute to a rich tapestry of skills and experiences.

It is estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of people worldwide have some form of neurodivergence. Rather than viewing these differences as deficits, neurodiversity advocates emphasise the strengths, talents, and unique perspectives that neurodivergent individuals bring to society.

You can access a suite of panel discussions from the Neurodiversity Celebration Week website, with inspirational speakers from a range of backgrounds and professions. The discussions will focus on key neurodiversity topics and aim to educate while inspiring conversations about neurodiversity. All events are free of charge and open to all.  

  • The term Neurodiversity was first coined by Australian Sociologist Judy Singer in 1990’s with the aim of increasing acceptance and inclusion of all people while embracing neurological differences.
  • ADHD affects around 1 in 20 Australians, equating to about 1 million people and is more commonly diagnosed in boys and men than women and girls.
  • In Australia, roughly one in every 88 people is autistic. Boys are four times as likely to be diagnosed than girls, however, as with ADHD, this may reflect a trend towards underdiagnosis among females.
  • Around one in ten Australians are diagnosed with dyslexia, though the actual figures may be much higher.

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