The world has slowly caught up with Harvey Blume’s pioneering thinking around neurodiversity, 20 years after his article in The Atlantic. To our dismay, the concept of neurodiversity perpetuates a common misunderstanding of neurodiversity as a disability, which often gets interpreted into inability to perform in corporate workspaces. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Understanding neurodiversity is a call to include and respect people whose brains work in atypical ways. Neurodiversity includes everyone, but individuals with neurodivergent traits may meet a diagnostic threshold for neurodivergent conditions such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and more. These have been seen as developmental disorders that need managing, and even curing, for a very long time.
Thankfully, now we are seeing these as natural forms of human neurocognitive variation. We are beginning to see the flip side strengths of neurodivergent individuals – from problem-solving to creative insights and visual spatial thinking. Neurodiversity is a competitive advantage.