What exactly is ‘neurodiversity’ and why do I need to know anything about it?

Simply put, it means that the brains work in different ways for people who have.

Introduction to Neurodiversity in the workplace
  • Dyslexia
  • DCD/Dyspraxia
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Chronic neurological conditions
  • Mental Health needs

 These are the most typically occurring conditions in the workplace although there are others.

Why do you need to know?

All of the above conditions are classed as disabilities under the Equalities Act 2010, with disability being defined as follows:-

“a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term (12 months+) adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” Employers are obliged to put in place “reasonable adjustments” for employees with disabilities under the Equalities Act 2010