Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that essentially means there is a fundamental difference in how someone processes information and relates to the world around them. We at Neurovation aim to challenge what people identify as ‘normal’ and we reject the clinical pathologisation of neurodiversity categorised as ‘disorders’. We do however, identify that as knowledge is still growing in this area it can be helpful for individuals and employers who are learning what neurodiversity means to them to be able to describe their neurodiversity under recognised named diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tic Disorders.
Neurovation’s ethos is to educate and change people’s perceptions about Neurodiversity and improve neurodiversity inclusion within workplaces. While the focus is on Neurodivergent characteristics, we in no way mean to exclude Neurotypical experience and in fact firmly believe neurodiversity inclusion benefits everyone.
We advocate for Neurodiversity pride meaning we encourage identity-first language and do not believe in functioning labels. We also encourage positive reframing so for example, we prefer to talk about ‘Autistic experience’ rather than ‘Autistic symptoms’. We truly believe that having both Neurotypical and Neurodivergent people are an asset to any organisation.
Neurodiversity in a workplace context means that whilst everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, most peoples’ abilities are quite consistent overall. Neurodiverse employees on the other hand have what is often referred to as a ‘spiky profile’ meaning they will exceed average skill levels in certain areas (eg. Processing speed or verbal reasoning could be exceptional) but show much lower levels of ability in other areas (eg. Focus or social communication may be lower than average). The spiky profile looks different in each neurodiverse individual.
Neurodivergent people bring a different perspective and are often creative ‘out of the box’ thinkers which can be a real competitive advantage for organisations.
Neurovation can help you better understand and recognise neurodiversity in your workplace providing support to both employees and employers to get the best from your employment relationship. Our approach is collaborative, supportive and compassionate. We want to make a difference to you.
Acceptance of Neurodiversity is growing rapidly, is your organisation ready?