Resources for Neurodiversity (RFN) is an organisation that focuses on neuro-developmental conditions in the Pakistani population. We adopt a framework of neurodiversity, which is elaborated on below.
Many organisations in Pakistan have been carrying out vital work to create awareness about mental health. RFN adds to this work by directing the conversation towards conditions experienced by children. We not only aim to create awareness about neurodiversity, but also develop resources and promote inclusion of neurodivergent individuals, thereby reducing the stigma attached to psychological conditions. Moreover, we aim to do so by working collaboratively with different pillars of society (schools, businesses, hospital etc.) to bridge the gap that exists between different branches of this field. You can learn more about our aims here.
A large part of RFN's members are students that are dispersed across the globe. As such, we understand the need to get an accurate understanding of neurodiversity within the context of Pakistani society, which is significantly different from the societies elsewhere. We believe that our work should be based on first-hand research to have a meaningful impact. Indeed, research conducted in other parts of the world is not necessarily applicable to our country. For this reason, we want to conduct our own research in collaboration with researchers from across the globe. This research will address the current lack of research in Pakistan. You can learn more about our research here.
As a recently-established organisation, we have embarked on a variety of different projects that aim to create an impact in different fields. You can learn more about these projects here.
Neurodiversity is the idea that there isn’t one type of ‘normal’ brain. Instead, there are different variations, and all of those variations are equally important. These variations can include those labelled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others. These conditions should not be treated as disease or injury since they are the result of genes and not the environment. Therefore, to be neurodiverse does not mean that there is a disorder to be fixed. The acceptance of Neurodiversity is essential in reducing stigma around thinking and learning differences. With this, individuals can fully participate as members of society as they are supported and given an equal opportunity to succeed.