Despite recent strides in workplace diversity and inclusion, neurodivergent talent still falls short of many employers' radars.
An estimated 80% of those who are neurodiverse are unemployed, according to the Harvard Business Review. Conditions like autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia all fall under neurodiversity, denoting different ways of thinking, learning, processing and behaving. But it seems employers are still equating different with "bad," says Martin McKay, founder and CEO of Texthelp, a company that provides organizations with inclusive communication tools.
"There is a long history of negative stigma around neurodiversity," says McKay. "Years ago many employers mistook neurological differences as a sign of low intelligence, carelessness or lack of ability. Today, many organizations now understand that this isn't the case. However, we've still got a long way to go to reduce the impact of these negative misconceptions."