Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Other New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 01 December 2021
Notice reference #: 1HARjd

Date: 21–27 March 2022. 

Research, including that of UK-based Professor Amanda Kirby, indicates that at least 10% of students in our schools are neurodivergent (including ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and Tourette Syndrome). This means they think and behave differently compared to ‘normal’, or neurotypical, children. Sadly, a lack of awareness of the daily struggles of being neurodivergent can lead to misconceptions and negative stereotypes, leaving some students feeling like failures because they do not ‘fit’. 

In order to enable neurodivergent students to achieve their potential, schools and teachers are called to recognise and celebrate their many strengths and talents that may not be showcased in the traditional classroom environment, such as their creativity, innovation, ability to think outside-the-box, problem-solving skills, unique insights, and perspectives, as well as their perseverance and resilience. 

Bringing Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022 into New Zealand provides schools with the opportunity to acknowledge the many strengths and advantages of being neurodivergent. By flipping the narrative, schools can create a more inclusive and equitable environment that celebrates differences and empowers every neurodivergent and neurotypical teacher and student to see their limitless potential! Join the other 1,450 schools and over 880,000 students from around the world that are taking part in ensuring that the strengths and talents of neurodivergent students are seen and celebrated.

To register and download free Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022 posters and resources on how to identify and support your neurodiverse students, please go to: www. Neurodiversity-Celebration-Week.com 

Educators in Aotearoa New Zealand can find out about local events and opportunities for collaboration by emailing information@divergenthinking.co.nz

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

21 March 2022 – 27 March 2022

Further information

Contact: Kirsten Saunders

 (021) 152 4149

information@divergenthinking.co.nz

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