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Celebrating neurodiversity: Embracing differences in relationships and beyond

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As society progresses towards greater inclusivity, understanding, and acceptance, it's crucial to recognise and celebrate the diverse ways our brains work.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the recognition that neurological differences are natural variations of the human brain rather than deficits or disorders. It emphasises the value of embracing these differences and creating environments that accommodate and celebrate neurodiverse individuals. Neurodiversity isn't just a concept; it's a celebration of the unique strengths, perspectives, and contributions of individuals with diverse neurological differences including: 

Other forms of neurodiversity also include:

This is what the neurodiverse community has to say:

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness, promoting acceptance, and celebrating neurodiversity in all its forms. It's a time to highlight the strengths and talents of neurodiverse individuals and challenge stigma and misconceptions.

Neurodiversity and relationships

In the realm of dating, neurodiversity plays a significant role in how individuals interact, communicate, and form relationships. However, navigating the dating scene can be challenging for neurodiverse individuals due to stigma, misconceptions, and societal expectations.

For example, individuals with autism often exhibit a range of strengths that can greatly enhance dating and relationships including unwavering loyalty, honesty and direct communication, as pointed out by April Slocombe, neurodivergent Author and Creator.

“ADHD can bring excitement into a relationship,” - says Karen Doherty, leading ADHD Couples Therapist, “there’s always something new happening, making things more exciting. ADHD individuals also bring authenticity and passion to the table.”

Dyspraxic individuals tend to have great sende of humour, says “Renegade Dyspraxic”, Dyspraxic Author, Educator and Advocate. “I cannot say why this is but I can only assume that one of the reasons for our humour is due to the difficulties that we face in life. As such having the ability to laugh and/or make other people laugh is something that many of us develop.”

People with Tourette Syndrome often excel in dating due to their strong verbal skills, quick wit, and well-honed sense of humour. With these qualities, charming others comes naturally—just give yourself the chance to shine.

Our mission is to create a safe space where both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals can connect authentically without fear of judgement or stigma. By fostering an inclusive environment, we’re breaking down barriers and redefining what it means to find love in the digital age.

“We’re trying to create synergies, not silos. No one wants to be treated differently, and that’s why Mattr is inclusive to all genders, sexual orientations and neurological conditions! Let’s learn more about each other, who knows  who your perfect match is.” - Jamie Johnston, CEO &  Co-Founder of Mattr. 

By promoting understanding, acceptance, and inclusion, we can create a world where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to be their authentic selves. And remember, love knows no neurotypicality – let's celebrate love in all its beautiful forms, unmasked and without stigma. Join us at Mattr and be a part of the movement towards a more inclusive and accepting society.

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