Imperial is committed to supporting both staff and students who may identify as being or diagnosed with having a Neurological Difference, also known as Specific Learning Differences (SpLD).  These can include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), ADHD, Dyscalculia, being on the Autism spectrum, and others. 

Language is constantly changing. Imperial's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Centre recognises that the term 'SPLD' is still widely used. However, we have chosen to adopt Neurodiversity & Neurodivergent terminology to help promote and recognise all variations of Neurodivergence.

What is Dyslexia & Neurodivergence

It is important to note that whilst we have listed some of the common traits here, each person’s challenges and strengths will be unique to them. This is why we recognise the need for tailored, person-centered support.

Neurodivergent is a range/variety of commonly co-occurring ‘conditions’ related to processing or cognitive differences including Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, and more. Individuals may prefer to be referred to as neurodiverse. 

Dyslexia can be used as an umbrella term for other neurodivergent conditions but usually relates to those who have difficulty with phonological awareness, verbal memory, rapid serial naming, and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia is best thought of as a continuum rather than a distinct category, there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor coordination, mental calculation, concentration, and personal organisation, but these are not by themselves markers of dyslexia.

Dyscalculia is a part of the neurodivergent family with a particular focus on processing differences related to arithmetic and the use of numbers.

Dyspraxia is now increasingly referred to as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). A part of the neurodivergent family with a particular focus on processing differences related to coordination. 

Autistic Spectrum is a range of conditions that typically relate to differences with social interaction, communication, and how they relate to the world around them.