NEWS Neurodiversity in the workplace is getting attention.

The February edition of People Management, highlighted ‘winning’ employers for dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADHD and autistic employees. Increasingly, being neurodiverse is seen as a source of innovation in the workplace. Major employers such as SAP, Microsoft, EY and JP Morgan are now changing their employment practices to make the most of neurodiverse talent. Employers are rethinking recruitment, using technology and focusing on employee’s strengths to remove barriers to success at work.

Neurodiversity in employment is getting attention elsewhere too. The Westminster AchieveAbility Commission for Dyslexia and Neurodivergence is also rolling out ‘winning’ employment practices. The report targets the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Job Centres, Access to Work and employers to make changes. Currently it is estimated that there is a £1.2 billion cost to the economy of undervaluing dyslexics’ potential. Better practices include:
  • Raising awareness of neurodiversity in organizations.
  • Developing a DWP Good Practice Guide.
  • Job Centre Plus having neurodiverse assessment processes and appropriately trained staff.
  • Increasing take-up of Access to Work support by employers through faster simpler processes.
  • Employers to value Disability Confident status.
  • Accessible recruitment and selection procedures through valid, job relevant and practical methods.
  • Employers implementing effective reasonable adjustments.
The full report can be found here: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/common/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/WAC_Neurodiverse_voices_opening_doors_to_employment_Report_2018_INTERACTIVE.pdf

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