A lack of understanding of how to support neurodiversity in the workplace can make it harder for neurodivergent candidates to find work. For example, the unemployment rate for neurodivergent adults is three times the rate for people with a disability and eight times the rate for non-disabled adults. And ONS data shows that the employment rate for people with autism stands at 29% - which is lower than the employment rate for disabled people with other types of impairment.
Neurodiversity describes differences in the brain that cause some people to think, learn, process, and behave differently. Several conditions come under the umbrella of neurodiversity - and people with these conditions are often described as 'neurodivergent.' These conditions include Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia. People who are neurodivergent may have different strengths and struggles compared to neurotypical people.