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Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023
We’re getting involved by celebrating and recognising the richness brought by our neurodiverse students and colleagues
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This week (13-17 March) is Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023, and we’re getting involved by celebrating and recognising the richness brought by our neurodiverse students and colleagues while highlighting the challenges they face.

We believe the University is enriched by the diversity of perspectives, cultures and backgrounds brought by all within our global community. We are committed to a positive environment where diversity and inclusiveness is celebrated, and everyone is treated fairly.

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is based on the concept that neurological variances should be recognised and respected just like any other human variation, such as gender, race or sexual orientation. The human brain is so complex that no brain is exactly alike. The wide range of natural neurological variations of the brain affect the way that people think, learn and process information.

Some of the different ways of thinking, learning, interacting and perceiving the world have been given labels, such as:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

At Edinburgh Napier, we are proud of the diverse group of colleagues who help us make a difference to our students. We’re all here to support big dreams and bright ideas.

You can learn a bit more about some of our neurodiverse colleagues below.

Ian Sudlow-McKay - Special Collections Manager, Library Services

“Many people I meet are surprised to find out that I’m dyslexic, but what they are not aware is the perseverance and incredible hard work that goes into just keeping up to date.”

Heather Armstrong, Disabled Student Engagement Worker, Student Wellbeing and Inclusion

“I have worked with line manager to come up with ways of managing the signs of my dyslexia, which includes issues with reading, writing large pieces and time management.”

Maria King, Subject Librarian, Learning and Research Services

“My mind is constantly jumping between different thoughts and so it is very easy to get distracted from what I am doing.”

You can access the full profiles here.

Neurodiversity Week 2023 is a great opportunity to learn about neurodiversity, and how you can support the people around you. There is a number of online events organised, which are free for all, such as  “Neuroinclusion in Further & Higher Education” and “Supporting the Success of Neurodivergent Learners”. You can register to any event for free on the Neurodiversity Week website.

Colleagues are also invited to join out Autism Awareness training at 10am on Wednesday 15 March. Find out more and book your space here.


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