Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.

The neurodiversity paradigm is a specific perspective on neurodiversity – a perspective or approach that boils down to these fundamental principles:

Common Terms:


Neurodivergent means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”


A group of people is neurodiverse if one or more members of the group differ substantially from other members, in terms of their neurocognitive functioning.


Allistic is any person who is not autistic. It is based on the Greek word “allos”, meaning “other”, just as “autos” (in “autism”) means “self”.


Neurotypical means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that falls within the dominant societal standards of “normal.”

Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms & Definitions
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