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The Value of Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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The Value of Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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“Neurodiversity is an essential form of human diversity. The idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ type of brain or mind or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is no more valid than the idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘right’ gender, race or culture.”

Nick Walker

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term which includes people who have dyslexia, dyspraxia (DCD), dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD. As we mark ten years of the Equality Act, these protected characteristics have moved from ‘progressive corporate initiatives’ to business-critical topics. Approximately 15% of the population of the UK are neurodiverse - representing a significant proportion of existing staff, job applicants and customers.

Although expectations are growing for organisations to report on, act on, and advocate for neurodiversity in their workplaces, there remains little practical advice or real-world experience on how to go about it. Many organisations want to ‘get it right’, but are not sure where to get started, or invest significant resources with poor or mediocre results.

Hosted by ENEI, Lexxic and NHS Employers, this high impact facilitated workshop will enable employers to quickly upskill in good practice examples of supporting neurodiversity in the workplace. In addition, you will leave with practical solutions and advice to help to empower neurodiverse talent and enhance your workplace culture.

Specifically, in this session, we will cover;

What is neurodiversity and the common characteristics of the different neurodiverse conditions

How to make the business case and get buy-in from senior leaders

Attracting and retaining neurodiverse talent

How managers can create a supportive environment for neurodiverse individuals

Examples of reasonable adjustments and assistive technology

Case-studies of good practice

 

Please note that this is an interactive workshop! While there will be some presentations and sharing of information, we hope all participants will engage and share their own stories and challenges. Each session will be facilitated by smaller group discussions using Zoom breakout rooms.

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