Employers Encouraged to Embrace Neurodiversity

Employers Encouraged to Embrace Neurodiversity

Published: 2022-09-14
Author: University of Otago | Contact: otago.ac.nz
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A | DOI: https://doi.org/10.46697/001c.34627
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Synopsis: Report provides practical recommendations for multinational corporations (MNCs) to improve their neurodiversity inclusion. Neurodiversity refers to neurological differences in the human brain and includes a range of conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Ott says the first step is for employers to forget everything they think they know about neurodiversity and get to know the person.




Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that argues that diverse neurological conditions result from standard variations in the human genome. This portmanteau of neurological and diversity originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status. Neurodiversity is not a word about autism alone. It is a word that embraces all neurological uniqueness, all rhythms of neurodevelopmental, and all the forms by which humans can express themselves and contribute to their world.

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