Recently a group of CAT teaching and support staff took part in a course on Neurodiversity Awareness to help foster better understanding of neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD.
This week is World Autism Awareness Week, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share a bit about why neurodiversity awareness is important to CAT.
Masters students (and lecturers) are by definition intelligent people with above average IQs. However, because neurodiversity is more common in people working in the fields of architecture, science and engineering than among the general population, a number of the students at CAT’s Graduate School will have neurodiverse conditions.
Some will excel in problem solving and thinking creatively, others will be strong on detail and complex design. Most will be doggedly determined and tenacious. However their neurodiversity can also result in challenges such as difficulties with planning, prioritising, organising, concentrating and writing.
It’s an issue that the Graduate School has both a legal and moral imperative to tackle. We want to ensure that everyone is well supported and that, wherever possible, adjustments are made to help people reach their full potential.
Our thanks to neurodiversity specialists Genius Within for sponsoring the training and providing all the resources free of charge, and to Clare Cherry, a CAT Trustee and an associate coach and trainer for Genius Within, for delivering the course.