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Designing for Neurodiversity

By Amy Wells

To be published: 2025

Great inclusive design must include considerations for neurodiversity. One in five users may be on the neurodiverse spectrum, including conditions such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. Mistakes in design and content exclude users with different cognitive needs. Neurodiverse audiences often face issues with reading, understanding instructions, managing distraction, executive functioning, and more.

Learn how neurodiverse users experience cognitive challenges in elements such as workflows, complex information, task completion, and more. By designing for neurodiversity, your products and applications are more accessible and inclusive to all.

Furthermore, neurodiverse representation within design teams matters as they bring important perspectives to products and designs. Neurodiverse colleagues often have different communication and planning styles and needs. Learn more about how best to work and support them for design and team success.

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Great inclusive design must include considerations for neurodiversity. One in five users may be on the neurodiverse spectrum, including conditions such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. Mistakes in design and content exclude users with different cognitive needs. Neurodiverse audiences often face issues with reading, understanding instructions, managing distraction, executive functioning, and more.

Learn how neurodiverse users experience cognitive challenges in elements such as workflows, complex information, task completion, and more. By designing for neurodiversity, your products and applications are more accessible and inclusive to all.

Furthermore, neurodiverse representation within design teams matters as they bring important perspectives to products and designs. Neurodiverse colleagues often have different communication and planning styles and needs. Learn more about how best to work and support them for design and team success.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Understanding Neurodiversity

Chapter 1: Neurodiversity is a spectrum
Chapter 2: Understanding neurodiversity

Section 2: Designing for neurodiversity

Chapter 3: Cognitive load, processing, and memory
Chapter 4: Task completion
Chapter 5: Attention and Distraction
Chapter 6: Time challenges
Chapter 7: Complexity
Chapter 8: Emotion
Chapter 9: Including neurodiverse users in research
Chapter 10: Advocating within and beyond design

Section 3: Neurodiversity in design teams

Chapter 11: Why neurodiversity is important for design teams
Chapter 12: Managing and Recruiting
Chapter 13: Collaborating
Chapter 14: Resources for neurodiverse designers