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Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differenes are to be recognized and respected as any other human varation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.
At YADDA we believe that people's ability more than counters their DISability. In almost all cases, people with learning disabilities make up for their areas of difficulty in other, more complex areas of greater development, such as problem-solving.
Dyslexia is a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing. It is a persistent condition. Accompanying weaknesses may be identified in areas of speed of processing, short-term memory, organisation, sequencing, spoken language and motor skills. There may be difficulties with auditory and /or visual perception. It is particularly related to mastering and using written language, which may include alphabetic, numeric and musical notation. Dyslexia can occur despite normal intellectual ability and teaching. It is constitutional in origin, part of one’s make-up and independent of socio-economic or language background. Some learners have very well developed creative skills and/or interpersonal skills, others have strong oral skills. Some have no outstanding talents. All have strengths.
Dyspraxia, or Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), is a condition affecting physical co-ordination and cognitive processing. As such, it can impair an enormous variety of areas. A YADDA member, the YADDA Youth Leader in fact, who has Moderate-Severe Dyspraxia, described it like this: "Dyspraxia is like your brain buffering after every input command. So, when trying to catch a ball, my brain takes longer to process what I need to do, and then longer to implement that information, time in which the ball is flying towards me. by the time I've processed the information, the ball is too close to catch well, so I drop it. It's like your body reacts to the brains input slower than other people do." People with Dyspraxia tend to have superior problem-solving skills and well-developed academic ability.
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