Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others.
Most people are neurotypical, meaning that the brain functions and processes information in the way society expects.
However, it is estimated that around one in seven people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently. Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
Every condition covered under neurodiversity has its own set of challenges. These can include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive stress
- Issues with timekeeping
- Maintaining a schedule
- Physical illnesses
Some may thrive in a working environment and build resilience towards the difficulties they face. Others may struggle to complete certain tasks because of their condition. In these instances, disclosing these challenges to your line manager can allow them to support you.
- Accessibility Skills Guide
- E-accessibility working group (accessible software information)
- INCLUDE (Inclusive Network Connecting and Linking University Disabled Employees)
- IT accessibility
- Occupational health
- Support for disabled staff