Neurodivergent people are often confronted with an array of barriers in many situations throughout their life. These situations centralise around what general society expects of all people, a one size fits all model, without the distinct consideration of disability, difference and inclusion. With the added individual challenges of effective communication skills, lack of self-advocacy and self-determination skills, and the overall impact of anxiety, feeling inadequate and little self-confidence, neurodivergent people are desperate for their voices to be heard.
These voices must therefore be acknowledged, respected and acted upon in educational and employment settings, as these aspects of life heavily decide the outcome of the future for neurodivergent people. If these individuals are not set up for success, given the tools and strategies that they can implement to support and advocate for themselves, then we, as a society are failing at providing pathways to include and value them.
We at NeuroEmploy aim to change the narrative, find innovative and productive ways to support neurodivergent people into and at work, and to educate employers and business the value of having neurodiversity in the workplace. As understanding grows around neurodiversity within the workplace, employers embracing differences and supporting neurodivergent people to grow into their potential – these genuinely inclusive practices strengthen and ignite positive growth within business.
Neurodivergent people bring a unique strength, dedication and high work ethic to the workplace that must be embraced, with an environment provided for them to grow. These people, when supported and given every opportunity to flourish, become the role models of a dedicated and loyal employee. They are the potential compassionate and moralistic leaders of our future and can be pioneers of a new way of thinking and evolving together that benefits not just neurodivergent people, but every person within the workplace, creating a truly inclusive work culture.
Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc. – Director, NeuroEmploy/Developmental Educator