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Neurodiversity & Disability

What is disability?

 "Disability refers to the interaction between individuals with a health condition (e.g., cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and depression) and personal and environmental factors (e.g., negative attitudes, inaccessible transportation and public buildings, and limited social supports)." - World Health Organization

What is Neurodivergent?

"The term neurodivergent is used to describe a variety of conditions related to cognitive abilities, though more often people with these conditions prefer neurodiverse. It applies to conditions such as autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)." - Daivergent

What is Neurotypical?

"The term neurotypical arose alongside the term neurodiverse. Neurotypical describes individuals who display typical intellectual and cognitive development." - Daivergent


People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world. Despite this fact, the disability community continues to face barriers to full inclusion in society. Ableism is at the core of inaccessibility; the information here can be a step toward unlearning ableism. 

What is disability?

Terms for Researching

Examples of key terms to use while researching:

  • Ableism
  • Neurodiversity
  • Autism
  • Disability rights activism
  • Critical Disability Theory

Resource Spotlight

Disability Services at Providence College

Facts & Figures

Living With Disabilities[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Community Guide

This Community Guide has been created by Phillips Memorial Library and Accessibility Services in the Student Success Center at Providence College. 

Please get in touch with Molly McKeon, Assistant Director of Accessibility Services, or Megan Lessard, Head of Digital Projects & Metadata, with questions, concerns, or technical issues.