What is neurodiversity?

What is neurodiversity?

Being neurodivergent means that an individual may think and learn in a different way to others.

Neurodiversity has a wide spectrum that covers a range of hidden neurological conditions, such as but not limited to Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Tourette’s and social anxiety.

For some people, their neurodivergence can mean that they are better at some things than many other people and for others additional support or adjustments are required.

Neurodiversity in the workplace

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent. This means that many organisations and businesses already have a neurodiverse workforce. It is important that employers ensure that there is an understanding of what neurodiversity is and that managers have developed skills to lead and manage neurodivergent staff.

It is also important that reasonable adjustments are considered to support and assist neurodivergent people within the workplace and that employers know who to contact for help and guidance on methods and accommodations that will assist in creating an inclusive and neurodivergent friendly workplace.

Support & training

Connect is a new service developed by The Donaldson Trust. We work in partnership with individuals, organisations and businesses to increase the understanding of neurodiversity and improve the experiences of neurodivergent people.

We help businesses and employers to assist in the development of good practice in relation to neurodiversity including guidance on workspace design, recruitment, management support and conducting diagnostic and workplace need assessments.