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This week from 15 to 23 March 2021 we celebrate neurodiversity and people with neurodivergent conditions. It’s estimated that around 1 in 7 of us are neurodivergent.
Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain processes information. Some people who are neurodivergent may experience learning differently, in that their brain does not function or process information in the way our society expects.
The term neurodiversity was coined in the 1990s in an attempt to move away from a rigidly medical view of learning differences and the belief that these should be ‘cured’. This week instead puts the focus on celebration and understanding of these differences, and acknowledging the benefits they can bring to society.
Examples of some neurodiverse conditions might be:
Importantly, these conditions can co-occur and overlap, and so are hugely personal to each individual.
There are many causes of neurodiversity. Some instances may be genetic, or due to disease or various immune disorders. However, neurodivergent conditions also occur following trauma. This might be due to a brain injury following a road traffic accident, a brain injury at birth, or cerebral palsy.
At Kingsley Napley we have significant experience in dealing with claims following these types of injury. If this has been your experience, or that of someone you care about, please call a member of our team on 020 7814 1200.
Terrence Donovan is the Head of the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Department. He has a national reputation, and is one of the most respected and senior solicitors in the field.
Phoebe Alexander joined Kingsley Napley in 2020. She is currently a trainee solicitor in the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team. Her previous seat was with the Private Client team, where she assisted with the administration of trusts and estates, and the drafting of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Phoebe also assisted with Court of Protection matters, including the drafting of Deputyship applications.
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