Neurodiversity Community of Practice

The ALDinHE Neurodiversity Community of Practice has been meeting every other month since its inception in June 2021. We are a community of 200+ people who work in different facets of education that include learning development, widening participation, libraries, wellbeing, learning technology and careers.

The community provides an informal, supportive environment within which professionals working in and around ‘Learning Development’ can interact and share experiences connected to neurodiversity and inclusivity. We currently have over a hundred attendees to our meetings, which take place every two months.


The CoP aims to:

  • Act as a forum for regular discussions around neurodiversity and inclusivity between different institutions.
  • Encourage the sharing of ideas between LD professionals and other professionals involved in teaching and learning. 
  • Disseminate information concerning good practice, and how this could best be implemented, to benefit the wider community.
  • Provide an opportunity for networking between those with specific shared interests (e.g.) dyslexia, autism, attention deficit disorder, assistive technology etc.
  • Discuss published research papers to enhance knowledge and understanding.

The CoP is facilitated by Karen Clark (Arts University Plymouth) and Jennie Dettmer (University of Hertfordshire).

Neurodivergence Resource Bank

The Neurodivergence Resource Bank raises awareness and understanding of neurodivergence and positively informs teaching/workplace practices to benefit all through the collation of resources.

The resource bank is freely accessible via the ALDinHE website and is a way for those working in higher education to share resources and practice related to neurodivergence with the wider HE community.

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) have a neurodivergence, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently (University of Edinburgh, 2020).

All the resources on the resource bank are shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Key dates:

  • Submit your resource by Friday 29th November 2024.
  • Receive feedback on your resource by Monday 20th January 2025 – submissions will either be accepted, accepted with minor modifications, revise and resubmit, or declined.
  • Modification and resubmissions submitted by Monday 3rd February 2025 (if required).
  • Resubmission feedback received by Monday 17th February 2025 (if required).

Prior to submission, please check that your resource conforms to the accessibility guidelines.

* If your resource is created by a third party you will need to ensure permission to share under the Creative Commons license is granted and also check the resource complies with the accessibility guidelines *

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