How can we bridge the gap between job-seekers in this community and inclusion-minded organizations?
Although companies have expanded diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, neurodivergent candidates—despite their wide variety of skillsets—are often overlooked during the hiring process. Consequently, these individuals remain underemployed or unemployed. According to University of Connecticut’s Center for Neurodiversity & Employment Innovation, the unemployment rate for neurodivergent adults is 30% to 40%, which is 3 times the rate for individuals with disabilities and 8 times the rate for individuals without disabilities.1 Because work is considered an integral part of self and positive mental outlook, this can be frustrating for patients and their clinicians.
To better support individuals in the neurodiverse community, and to bridge the gap between job-seekers and inclusion-minded companies, the Neurodiversity Career Connector (NDCC) was launched. This program consists of nearly 50 employers in the Neurodiversity at Work Employer Roundtable along with Disability:IN, a nonprofit organization of more than 400 corporations looking to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. The NDCC job portal features listings by US employers that seek applicants who are neurodivergent as a result of neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, Asperger syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or Tourette syndrome.