What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains in context of a differing approach to learning and mental health as a result of variation in the human genome. The term was first created by Australian sociologist, Judy Singer, who is on the Autism Spectrum in the late 1990s. It includes other conditions such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc.
Neurodiversity describes a group of people.
Neurodivergent describes an individual.
Mental Health is a person’s condition describing their psychological and emotional well-being.
Why are we researching both neurodiversity and mental health in context of design and architecture? Because from our research, we have discovered that many neuro-diversities co-exist and are impacted by the built environment. We also discovered that many people with neuro-diversities may be destined for mental illnesses like anxiety or depression. Comfort, acceptance, being understood fall into why this may result. We hope we can positively impact comfort within the built environment through design as a result of this research project, therefore contributing to reducing anxiety and in turn depression.