What is Neurodiversity?
According to Cambridge University Hospital neurodiversity refers to the different ways a person’s brain processes information.
The following are types of neurodiversity:
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Conditions
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
Dyspraxia, or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Neurodiversity Celebration Week (NCW), a worldwide initiative, which began in 2018, driven by the experiences of one autistic teenager with ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. Siena Castellon, founder of NCW, had a desire to change the way that learning differences are thought about. Read the blog.
Resources to support Neurodiversity Celebration Week
There are many ways to get involved with Neurodiversity Celebration Week and there are some great resources to download here including a School Pack which includes great posters, PowerPoint presentations and other resources. Download the resources.
CENMAC supports many neurodiverse students with assistive technology to support their communication and access to the curriculum. Take a look at a recent case study featuring Daisy a chatty and bright student with a diagnosis of ADHD and Autism. Daisy is currently enjoying 6th form at Burlington House. Read the case study.
CENMAC Training Events
Part of the support that CENMAC provides is to train teachers about the assistive technology we use to help them access the curriculum and to communicate. A few members of our team recently attended The Inclusive Technology Teaching Conference at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College. This event was an afternoon of focused CPD for the teaching staff and support staff where we demonstrated some of the best accessiblity tools to support students with neurodiversities such as dyslexia. Find out more.
CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty Online Training
Throughout term time CENMAC provides live online training sessions on Thursday afternoons to show how a wide range of assistive technologies are used to support learning and communication.
At one of our recent Thursday Thirty online training sessions Arran Smith, Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant, gave a talk about assistive technology which has been brought into mainstream use enabling teachers, students and dyslexic people of all ages to access the inbuilt assistive technology anytime anywhere. View the recording.