Neurodiversity refers to the wide variety of ways that humans experience and interact with the world around them. This includes how we socialise and learn, the way we pay and hold attention, our moods, and other mental functions.
Around 15-20% of the population has a neurological difference. This can include:
- Autism, or Autism Spectrum Conditions.
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Many more!
Recognising the advantages of being neurodivergent can help us to think more inclusively and create a culture where people feel empowered to be their authentic selves.
It’s important to us as an organisation to recognise and celebrate neurodiversity, and the value of thinking differently. We recognise that there is no one ‘right’ way of thinking and learning.
Across our organisation, we have a number of colleague diversity networks. Our Neurodiversity Support Group is a safe space for neurodivergent colleagues and allies to ask questions, promote the value of neuro-difference, and embrace neurodiversity for the benefit of us all.
As an organisation, we are always looking at continually adapting our existing policies and practical ways of working to make sure we’re more accessible to all of our colleagues. Our Neurodiversity Support Group are a vital part of helping us to become even more inclusive.
For this year’s Neurodiversity Celebration Week, members of our Neurodiversity Support Group are highlighting some of the benefits the members experience as part of the support group!
“The group has helped me accept my dyslexia a bit more because I don’t have to hide it like I used to. I was always open about it, but it drained my confidence having to say “this is why this is like this etc…”
“As an ally, I’ve learnt so much from joining our wonderful neurodiversity support group. Such an inspiring, knowledgeable group of colleagues, who are always happy to share their lived experience.”
“The Neurodiversity Support Group is a space where I can unload and share some of that pressure.”
For more information on Neurodiversity Celebration week, visit: https://www.neurodiversityweek.com/