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When I received a late diagnosis of combined type ADHD, so many of the challenges I faced in my job as a lecturer suddenly made sense.

Neurodiversity refers to the natural differences in neurological functioning that are a normal and valuable aspect of human diversity. It is an umbrella term for autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, dyslexia, and dyspraxia, and sometimes includes conditions such as dysgraphia, mysophobia, slow processing, stammering, and Tourette’s syndrome. Neurodivergence is often categorised separately from mental health conditions, like anxiety or depression, because it doesn’t appear suddenly in adulthood or after a pivotal experience.

Regarding the workplace, neurodiversity is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act (2010), and neurodiverse employees are entitled to reasonable adjustments under UK law.

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