The workplace can sometimes be challenging for employees with neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyslexia. They often struggle with social interaction, attention, learning, and other skills traditionally viewed as prerequisites for success at work.
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Neurodiverse people, such as those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition, often have exceptional skills such as pattern recognition, logical thinking, central coherence (attention to detail) and accuracy, which make autistic candidates strong contenders for many STEM roles requiring these capabilities.
But attitudes are changing as employers come to view neurodiversified people as a human good that society should treasure, and not as a risk of being marginalized. Neurodiversity, which is both a neurological concept and a social movement, is emerging as the “last frontier” of the diversity debate.
Because neurodivergent people are wired differently from “neurotypical” people, they may bring new perspectives to a company’s efforts to create or recognise value. The case for neurodiverse hiring is especially compelling given the skills shortages that increasingly afflict technology and other industries.
A great business is one that values new perspectives, different ideas and broader ways of thinking. This is why it’s so important to build a neurodiverse and inclusive workforce.
Beyond the cliché of being ‘good at maths’, people on the autistic spectrum can contribute hugely as employees and also help to make workplaces better for everyone.
A unique social enterprise helping to create roles in the tech sector for those on the autism spectrum has launched a new base in the Capital.
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A social enterprise is aiming to create more jobs for autistic adults in Scotland after launching a new base in Edinburgh.The move by Auticon UK, which exclusively employs IT consultants on the autism spectrum, follows a tie-up with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Only 16 per cent of people with autism are in full-time employment. These organisations are trying to change that…
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More than one in 100 people worldwide are estimated to have autism, a developmental disorder that can lead to social, communication and behavioural challenges and make it difficult to get or keep a job.
These days, most of us appreciate the importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace when it comes to age, gender, sexuality and ethnicity. But the idea of a neurodiverse workplace – where people who think in different ways are welcome, and catered for – is still relatively new.
Neurodiversity can be a huge advantage for companies, yet people on the spectrum have often been marginalised. Now some firms are specifically seeking them out. Is this a crucial turning point?
IT consultancy Auticon explains why and how it employs only autistic consultants and why diversity is beneficial for businesses.
People with disabilities are a type of underrepresented minority that is often overlooked when discussing Diversity & Inclusion.
Children in the rich world are far more likely to be diagnosed with autism than in the past. Why is this and what can be done to help them lead fulfilling lives?
A Germany-headquartered IT consultancy which exclusively hires IT staff with autism has launched in the UK, searching for channel partners to link with.