Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds—the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species
- Neurodiversity is a natural and valuable form of human diversity.
- That there is no one “normal” or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning. There is no perfect brain.
- Embracing the dynamics of neurodiversity acts as a source of creative potential
Our school offers multiple learning strategies to accommodate the neurodiversity of our student body. We employ a wide variety of creative teaching strategies to accommodate the many different learning styles represented in our highly neurodiverse student body.
Neurological differences, or differences in how the brain is wired, are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome. In other words, God created us each to be unique. We are unique in how we look, our experiences and how our brains are wired. This is not merely the opinion of the writer, but is supported by science. The science suggests that the neurodiversity emerges through a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental interaction.
Acceptance of neurodiversity does not mean we have a
passive acceptance of areas of weakness
Celebrating neurodiversity does not mean we are in opposition to basic scientific research, or in opposition to developing tools to help people be successful.
On the contrary, we believe in early intervention.
We value current, time sensitive research for remediation. We believe we are ethically responsible in staying current with research and understanding new development in brain science. We believe it is our ethical obligation to stay current with the developments in cognitive and neuropsychology. We are committed to using technology in intervention and accommodation.
Inclusive Education Strategies
We recognize and celebrate the very real benefits that neurodiversity brings to our student body and staff. We embrace people as they are because that is reality. We strive to help each student to be their best, most productive, most positive person. We strive to accept neurological differences as a natural part of each of us while working hard to minimize or eliminate negative effects.
A group is neurodiverse if one or more members of the group differ substantially from others, in terms of their neurocognitive functioning. A neurodiverse group is a group in which multiple neurocognitive styles are represented. Our school should reflect the neurodivervisty represented in the population of our society. Just as our school and classes should represent the ethnic diversity of our society.
When we have 99 people fail to solve a problem, it’s often the 1% person who is different who holds the key
There is certainly no question that neurodiverse people have contributed many great things to our world.
Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Michael Angelo,
James Clerk Maxwell, Tommy Hilfiger, Steven Spielberg, Hans Christian Andersen,
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonardo de Vinci, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Walt Disney,
Charles Schwab, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Stephen Hawkins, Alexander Graham Bell,
Woodrow Wilson, Gen. George Patton, John F. Kennedy, Robin Williams, Dwight D. Eisenhower,
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mariel Hemingway, Carl Lewis, “Magic” Johnson, Daryl Hannah,
Dan Aykroyd, Temple Grandin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tim Burton, Howie Mandel,
Howard Hughes, Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey, Michael Phelps
Humanity is neurodiverse. Humanity is also racially, ethnically and culturally diverse. By definition, NO human falls outside the spectrum of human neurodiversity.
In addition, we will educate our student body on neurodiversity. We help our students to see and understand that strengths and weaknesses in each of us. Committed to our imperative to belong, we will gain understanding in how we communicate and socialize, knowing we are unique. We will strive to remove misunderstanding and potential conflict. Our students will learn to identify roles that play to the strengths of individual students, such as attention to detail, great with facts and figures, superb editing, good imagination, whole-picture thinking, and etc… Our focus on neurodiversity is all about driving innovation in our school model.