It's Important to Recognise That No Two People Are Alike
“Neurodiversity” is a word used to explain the unique ways people's brains work. While everyone's brain develops similarly, no two brains function alike. Being neurodivergent means having a brain that works differently from the average or “neurotypical” person.
Neurotypical means a person has typical neurological development or function whereas neurodivergent describes someone who has brain and cognitive function that is not considered ‘typical’. This can include someone who has autism, dyslexia, ADHD and similar medical conditions. However, in many cases a formal medical diagnosis may not be in place and they may be what is known as "hidden".
Organisations that take appropriate steps in supporting neurodiversity in the workplace benefit not only the employee but ultimately the business as well.
How Can Being Neurodiverse Benefit the Workplace?
Supporting neurodiversity in the workplace can lead to positive and beneficial results for both individuals and employers. Neurodiverse organisations can:
- Draw from the widest possible pool of talent.
- Secure and retain high quality staff who are skilled, loyal, and hard working.
- Save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing staff turnover.
- Keep valuable skills and experience.
- Reduce the levels of costs and sickness absences.
Diversity is about recognising that everyone has a great many things in common, as well as having many differences which set us apart from each other. Inclusion is ensuring that everyone has the same right to equal access to employment, training and development, and pay as well as not being discriminated against.
Creating Awareness of Neurodiversity With White Willow Partners
White Willow Partners is a proud disability confident organisation with lived experience of disability and neurodivergent conditions. This is why we have designed this module to encourage more organisations to consider how they interact, engage, recruit, and retain disabled people and who might be neurodivergent.
We want to support people to feel confident in talking about neurodiversity; being neurodivergent will often amount to a disability under the Equality act 2010, even if the person does not consider themselves to be disabled. We want you to be confident and proud to be able to talk knowledgably about this topic.
What the Programme Brings
Our one day session is aimed at raising awareness of neurodiversity within the work environment
• A better understanding of neurodiversity.
• The strengths and challenges faced by those who are neurodiverse.
• Thinking about how we should celebrate neurodiversity.
• Understanding how we all process information differently.
• Reviewing our personal bias – How do we view others?
• Thinking about how we can support our colleagues.