Umbrellas celebrating neurodiversity bring additional colour to Cruickshank Botanic Garden

A colourful umbrella display celebrating neurodiversity has been installed at the University's Cruickshank Botanic Garden and is open to all - general public, staff and students.

Designed to raise awareness and understanding of neurodiversity, the Umbrella Project aims to empower and celebrate the diversity of thought in the UK and in our University.

The University of Aberdeen has worked in partnership with the ADHD Foundation to bring this installation to our campus.

Director of People Debbie Dyker explains:

“Each display of brightly coloured umbrellas is designed to represent the one in five of us who have a condition which falls under the neurodiversity umbrella including ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia.

“We are dedicated to being ‘Open to all’ and celebrating the umbrella term of neurodiversity and look forward to launching and implementing our new Neurodiversity Equality Policy for Staff and Students."

Curator of Cruickshank Botanic Garden and Co-Chair of the University of Aberdeen Staff Disability Network Group, Mark Paterson said:

“It is a privilege for Cruickshank Botanic Garden to be the host site for the artistic umbrella display highlighting neurodiversity and the breadth of developmental disorders associated with this broader term. The Garden is in full, colourful summer growth and the umbrellas are an engaging complimentary addition. It is enormously satisfying to see our diverse community visiting and enjoying the garden.”