A type of person, brain functioning, or behavior that does not fit the patterns of neurologically-based disabilities.


To be neurotypical is to not possess developmental, intellectual, or cognitive disorders or differences. The term is often used to describe those who are not on the autism spectrum, however it can also be applied to anyone who does not have general neurological differences.

The term "neurotypical" was coined after Jim Sinclair’s famous 1993 "Don’t Mourn For Us" speech about the need for autism acceptance among parents of children with autism. The word was intended to label someone who derives privilege from their ability to meet social norms of appropriate brain functioning and behavior.