Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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In the Vocational Rehabilitation field, our clients face pre-conceived notions all the time. Often, employers imagine that hiring a person with a disability means having someone with a wheelchair or mobility problems. Awareness campaigns continue to teach about lesser-known – and less obvious – disabilities.

"Research suggests that up to 15-20% of the
U.S. population is neurodivergent."

Source: Ask Earn

What Is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity refers to the various ways people think, perceive, learn, interact with others and process information. Everyone does it differently – and there is no one way to do it. Alternate ways of being and thinking are evolving from perceived handicap to special superpower.

Advantages for Employers

People who have been identified as neurodiverse have a lot to offer employers. They are a window into original ways of thinking and can help identify different perspectives. Their experiences and talents can help companies become more innovative, creative, and better at problem solving.

What Are Examples of Neurodivergence?

Examples of neurodivergent thinkers include people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to name a few. In addition, people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other conditions experience unique ways of thinking, learning, and perceiving the world.

As Vocational Rehabilitation professionals, we know that our clients can bring extraordinary talents to workplaces that choose to hire job-seekers with disabilities. Employers can be excellent partners when they know that neurodivergent workers can enhance organizational culture, increase their competitive edge, and boost financial success.

More Information

To encourage and assist employers AskEarn offers resources that discuss organizational benefits, employee benefits, hiring practices, inclusion, management, and training.
Learn More About Neurodiversity at Work at AskEarn
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