The term neurodiversity was created by Judy Singer, an Australian anthropology and sociology student with many autistic traits, in the late 1990s.
“Neurodiversity is the concept that variation in brain functioning within the human population is normal and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary.1
This idea views neurological differences as typical, not faulty, variations in the human genome that everyone can have. From this perspective, conditions such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD and social anxiety are not disabilities or diseases or injuries, but simply specific traits of people who think differently.
This is a new and fundamentally different way of looking at conditions that were traditionally pathologized. While this viewpoint is not universally accepted, it is increasingly supported by science.2
Thinking differently is powerful. Apple has been promoting it for 23 years.