Neurodiversity refers to those who fall within the spectrum of conditions including autism spectrum condition (ASC), dyslexia, ADHD, and dyspraxia. It is the term used to describe natural variations in the human brain, it relates to differences in the way we think, process, learn and behave. 1 in 5 people are Neurodivergent meaning their brain functions differently in one or more ways that is considered standard or typical.
Neurodiversity Celebration Week held from the 21st- 27th March is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. This significant week aims to transform how Neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being Neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual. Neurodiversity Celebration Week started in 2018. It was founded by Sienna Castellon, a multi-award-winning neurodiversity advocate. She is autistic, and has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and dyspraxia. She founded Neurodiversity Celebration Week to change people’s perspective of what neurodiversity is and to show people that it is more common than many believe, as it is estimated that up to twenty percent of the world’s population exhibit some form of neurodivergence.
Despite around 99% of the British public having heard of autism, there are still many commonly held myths and misconceptions. Growing numbers of the neurodiversity community believe more needs to be done to promote understanding and individual experiences, over general awareness of conditions and disorders.
Today, organisations are under pressure to integrate a diverse workforce, encourage out-the-box thinking to gain a competitive edge, and deal with a worker’s market. Despite most companies’ increasing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the workforce, the Neurodivergent group is often overlooked in the diversity conversation, and consequently, hiring efforts. As a result, these individuals often experience higher rates of unemployment compared to the general population. In the United States, it is estimated that 85% of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to 4.2% of the overall population. Neurodivergent workers bring organisations different and valuable ways of thinking and problem solving that could lead to innovative solutions and give companies a competitive advantage. A 2021 report by JPMorgan Chase found that Neurodivergent employees in certain tech roles could be up to 140 per cent more productive than neurotypical colleagues.
Diversity is key to the development and progression of any organisation. Here at Wellity, we’re on hand to support your employees. Our training titles are specifically designed to help attendees understand that Neurodivergence is a strength and teach them how to best support their colleagues and foster an inclusive work environment.
- Neurodivergence in the Workplace
- Accessibility for Neurodivergence
- Tackling Neurodivergent Microaggressions
To support your teams around this significant awareness week, contact our Wellity team on email@example.com for more information 💚