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ISLES Neurodiversity Position Statement

Journey To guide our work, the ISLES Board have developed this position statement on neurodiversity. If you would like to find out more about our position statement, learn how it may support your school's work in finding more just and equitable ways to support your learners, or if you are looking for ways to develop leadership capacity in educational support, please get in touch with us below.

Position Statement ISLES is committed to developing leadership capacity and systems-level expertise for high quality student support in international schools. Systems of student support are only high quality when they embrace diversity, facilitate inclusion and ensure equity. Further, we recognize that diversity exists in all forms, including neurodiversity. As defined by Judy Singer, neurodiversity refers to the idea that as a result of natural variation in the brain and cognition, people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways. There is no one ‘right’ way of thinking, learning and behaving and differences are not inherently pathological. We believe that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on par with race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status. When we intentionally build a culture of belonging with strong systems of support, we create high quality educational experiences where all students can thrive.

This Position Statement can also be found on our website.



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