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Saturday, 24 June, 2023

How can our organization retain our neurodiverse employees? — Littler

How can our organization retain our neurodiverse employees?

For those who may need an overview, neurodiversity is the idea that no two brains work alike. Neurological differences like autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and dyslexia are the result of normal, natural variations in the human genome. Being neurodivergent means having a brain that works differently from the average or neurotypical person. However, these are not disabilities, but different abilities.

Neurodiversity can include persons identified as living with:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Tourette Syndrome

Globally, one billion people identify as neurodivergent. Yet, neurodiverse individuals are massively underemployed. Neurodiverse individuals are often left out of the employment market due to stigma or misperceptions about their abilities. This results in an 85 percent unemployment rate among college graduates in the U.S. with autism spectrum disorder. That is a huge highly educated talent pool that employers are missing when evaluating applicants.

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