Neurodiversity is a topic that has been gaining more attention in recent years, with an increasing number of charities and advocacy groups working to support neurodivergent individuals. However, it's important to note that while these organisations are doing important work, there is still a significant gap in the support available for neurodivergent adults.
Societal biases and lack of understanding of neurodiversity can contribute to this gap. Many people assume that neurodivergent individuals grow out of their neurodiversity as they get older, and therefore do not consider them in discussions of support. Additionally, there may be a lack of awareness and understanding about the specific needs and challenges faced by neurodivergent adults, which can make it difficult for them to access appropriate support.
One reason for this gap could be that children are more likely to be in school and other educational settings, where they may be more visible and in need of support. Additionally, children may be more dependent on their parents and caregivers for support, making it more likely that their needs will be identified and addressed.
It's also important to mention that some organisations might focus on children because they see a bigger impact on early intervention that might have long-term positive effects.
However, this doesn't mean that there is no support for neurodivergent adults. There are organisations and initiatives that focus on providing support for neurodivergent adults, but they may be harder to find. (Click here for a list of groups that offer support and community to neurodivergent adults) It's important to continue raising awareness about the needs of neurodivergent adults and to work towards creating more inclusive and accessible support systems for this population as neurodivergent children grow into neurodivergent adults.
In conclusion, while it's great to see more and more organizations working to support individuals with neurodivergent conditions, we must not forget that neurodiversity is not limited to children and there's still a lot of work to be done to support neurodivergent adults. We need to continue raising awareness about the needs of neurodivergent adults and to work towards creating more inclusive and accessible support systems for this population.