Neurodiversity recognises the differences in the way people’s brains function, process information and learn. It refers to Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, along with Dyspraxia, Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Autism Spectrum.
Neurodivergent individuals have average or above average IQs- but struggle with processing language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself as a difficulty to comprehend, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations. It is not unusual for a neurodivergent individual to have multiple conditions.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 people globally are Dyslexic. By this estimate, about 200 million individuals in India, would have a learning disability. If something has changed the world, there is a high probability that there is a Dyslexic behind it. In fact, the dyslexic minds of the likes of Albert Einstein to Henry Ford to Steve Jobs – have brought pathbreaking innovations and entrepreneurial ventures that have impacted every aspect of our life. Globally it is estimated that 40% of self-made millionaires have dyslexia
Most individuals with learning disabilities suffer silently. Diagnosis for most is either not initiated or delayed. They are judged for their struggles in reading, spelling, writing, accused of being lazy, “dumb and stupid”, incompetent,
shamed for their poor academic performance. Low self-esteem and high anxiety levels are common. But they are bright minds. In fact, it is not uncommon for a Dyslexic to write complex code and yet not be able to tie thier shoelace
or read time.
4 in 5 Dyslexics say that knowing they were Dyslexic helped them understand their strengths & difficulties, & to develop perseverance.
We at ChangeINKK strongly believe that it is imperative to take proactive, strategic interventions for the inclusion of neurodivergent minds in schools, universities, and workplaces, for India to be future ready, spurring its economic growth and leading in innovation.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Know More
CHANGEINKK is committed to achieving inclusion of persons with disabilities, gender equality, and the Sustainable Development Goals. It collaborates with diverse stakeholders including youth, parents, educators, private sector, civil society, policy makers, academia and government to ink sustainable change.