Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived by celebrating the many advantages of being neurodivergent.
What is neurodiversity?
When it comes to inclusion, neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as all other human variations are. Depending on how our brains are wired, we think, move, process information, and communicate in different ways. Many people might use neurodiversity as an umbrella term used to describe alternative thinking styles such as Dyslexia, Autism, and ADHD. But regardless of labels, neurodiversity is about recognising those who think differently. And no matter who or where you are, you can always benefit from different thinkers!
Did you know?
Approximately 15-20% of the population has a neurological difference. So, instead of mis-labelling people with deficits or disorders, we use the term ‘neurodiversity’ to take a balanced view of an individual’s unique strengths and challenges. In fact, many ‘challenges’ neurodivergent people face are often more to do with the environment and systems they are placed in, commonly designed by a majority population.
Why does it matter?
At least 1 in 10 working-age adults are neurodivergent in some way and neurodiversity has always been with us. Colleagues who think differently often have pronounced strengths that can bring real value to the workplace but unfortunately, working practices are not often designed to be inclusive of these natural variations. Intended or otherwise, this form of exclusion can create barriers which can in turn lead to discrimination, pressure, and underperformance. Therefore, the need to create an inclusive workplace is an issue of growing importance and as with all workplace issues, no colleague should have to shoulder burdens alone.
To find out more about neurodiversity celebration week and how you can champion neurological differences at work, we’ve put together an extensive list of resources that provides more information about neurodiversity and how and why it should be celebrated:
It is time to recognise the many strengths and talents that come from thinking and perceiving the world differently. By celebrating the strengths of neurodivergent individuals this week and beyond, we can begin the shift of changing the way neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported, empowering them to achieve their potential.