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Network Framework

Our vision is to create a framework to co-develop neurotechnologies from the design through to implementation in health care, at home and in educational settings. It intersects three major approaches:


Neurodiversity affirmative approaches 


Neurodiversity affirmative approaches start with recognition of  the diversity in brain development that shape people’s perception, cognition and  experience. This diversity can be associated with both strengths and varying support needs in different socio-cultural contexts. Neurodiversity affirmative approaches aim to increase the quality of life of neurodivergent people by both reducing stigma and obstacles in current society and by creating tailored support that respects human diversity. 


Precision healthcare 


Precision healthcare was motivated by the recognition  that categorical diagnoses (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD) do not allow us to make accurate predictions about a person’s development, support needs and benefits, or the underlying cause an mechanisms of clinical features. It aims to match therapies (medical and non-medical) to individual needs and biological profiles. 

Neurodiversity affirmative approaches and precision healthcare   intersect by appreciating the diversity among neurodivergent people, and share the common goal to tailor support to individual needs, strengths and characteristics.  


Next generation neurotechnology 


At the same time, major advances in neurotechnologies are being made. This includes increasing resolution and reliability of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques, development of wearable and mobile neurotechnologies that may be more accessible for families, advances in robotics, as well as in  Artificial Intelligence approaches such as closed-loop neuroadaptive techniques.  


Key applications of next generation neurotechnologies include: 


  • to help in earlier and more reliable detection of neurodevelopmental conditions 
  • to monitor a child’s development 
  • to develop device-based therapies and to tailor support to each person’s needs and characteristics 

Together, these technologies offer new opportunities to support neurodivergent children  in healthcare, at home and in educational settings.  


In the past, these different communities have had little direct contact with each other. To realise this vision, we need to bring all major stakeholders together. In addition to the communities listed above, this critically includes ethicists, regulators, health care providers so that that it is viable for these neurotechnologies to be responsibly implemented in  real-life settings.