Thanks to Ezra for sharing their guide ‘Neurodiversity in the Modern Workplace’ and an insight into US and UK when it comes supporting neurodiverse individuals in the workplace.
It provides an overview of the benefits and challenges of a neurodiverse workforce, as well as guidance on supporting neurodiverse employees. And also offers powerful insights such as:
- Neurodiversity’s associated challenges have long been the focus of modern organizations, but
- have not been widely appreciated.
- Forward-thinking companies have embraced neurodiversity. For example, JP Morgan Chase
- has an “Autism at Work” scheme to find top tech talent.
- The UK legislated the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, which makes it illegal to
- discriminate against an employee or potential employee based on their disability, whether
- hidden or visible. However, the US has less rigorous disabilities legislation – there’s currently
- no protection for conditions like autism.
Traditional interview formats intimidate many neurodiverse applicants. Hiring managers can help by giving applicants a clear description of what the interview will entail beforehand.
Our research found that:
- Only 19.3% of people with disabilities in the US are employed and working.
- 81% of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed.
- People with dyslexia have high levels of creativity, likely due to the amount of time and dedication it takes for them to explore new methods of learning.