Campus umbrella project reminds us to be mindful of neurodiversity
The University of Wolverhampton has installed an array of colourful umbrellas at its Walsall Campus in celebration of Neurodiversity Celebration Week (13 – 19 March 2023).
When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as all other human variations.
Many people in our community use neurodiversity as an umbrella term used to describe alternative thinking styles such as Dyslexia, DCD (Dyspraxia), Dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD. But regardless of labels, neurodiversity is about recognising those who think differently.
The installation in the University’s Samuel Johnson Building is an uplifting visual representation of all the different minds we have here in the UK and coincides with this year’s celebratory week which will see events taking place across the country to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.
Zoe Stuart, Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at the University, said: “Every Umbrella Project installation helps to raise awareness and understanding of neurodiversity. Thousands of colourful umbrellas are strung together over public spaces, in schools, and in company buildings around the nation.
“Each display is designed to represent the one in five people who have a neurodevelopmental condition, such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia or Tourette’s syndrome. These conditions fall under the umbrella term of neurodiversity.
“The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing is delighted to host this installation with the aim of challenging the perception of neurodiverse/neurodivergent people and celebrating all the many strengths that come from thinking differently.
“The University of Wolverhampton is an inclusive institution working to meet the individual needs of our students. Every year, 1000s of students with a broad range of disabilities and specific learning differences achieve their potential at the University, opening up opportunities for employment and further study. By hosting the installation, and joining and estimated 500 schools, colleges, universities and businesses, the University hopes to draw attention to its strengths-based approach and focus on what our students can do.”
Josh Beale, Digital Innovation and Project Manager at ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity, said: “We are so excited to bring the Neurodiversity Umbrella Project to the University of Wolverhampton this year! Working together, we hope to celebrate our different minds – shedding light on the strengths that neurodiversity can bring, whilst acknowledging the associated difficulties. Thank you for your support!”
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