Why instructional designers need to consider neurodiverse learners

With all the recent focus on diversity and inclusion, it’s high time instructional designers learn what neurodiversity really is and how they can adapt the L&D programs to neurodiverse learners. Initially, the term referred to people on the autism spectrum, but today the definition is wider, encompassing all individual differences in brain functioning regarded as normal variations within the human population (Merriam-Webster dictionary).

The number of people who qualify as neurodiverse is higher than one might think. One out of eight individuals exhibit such differences in brain function (even though half of them don’t know it). Neurodiverse people may have also be diagnosed with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, among others.

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