Happy Neurodiversity Awareness Week!

By: Kathryn Jellings, Director, 3SC

15th March 2024

Neurodiversity is a term that means, neuro- brain and diversity – different. It recognises that everyone’s brains work differently and there are natural variations – not deficits, disorders or impairments. Some people’s brains work more differently to others and Neurodiversity is a term that means, neuro- brain and diversity – different. It recognises that everyone’s brains work differently and there are natural variations – not deficits, disorders or impairments. Some people’s brains work more differently to others and these people might describe themselves as neurodivergent. When we talk about neurodiversity we include conditions like; Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dyscalculia but there a lot of others too. Why don’t you try and find out about these and other conditions this week?

 

At least 20% of the population is neurodiverse. At Twin Group we employ around 300 people, this means that at least 60 of us are neurodivergent.

 

However, for people who experience adverse life experiences, such as not finishing school, being unemployed, getting involved with the justice system, neurodiversity rates dramatically increase. As Many as 40% of people who are unemployed maybe neurodiverse and up to 80% of prison populations are too.

 

Having a team which is neurodiverse and made up of different types of thinkers is great for business!

 

These teams are typically more innovative, creative, great at problem solving and research shows that they make 30% less mistakes. However, our society is built for neurotypical people – those that think in similar ways. So often neurodiverse people need extra support so that they can perform their best.

 

It’s great to have a week of awareness raising and celebrating all the awesome things about neurodiverse people, but let’s also remember that neurodiversity doesn’t go away. Being a Neurodiverse Ally is something that we can all do every day to support our colleagues, family, friends, participants and maybe ourselves too.

 

Here are selection of past articles from 3SC on neurodiversity that you might like to have a look at:

 

5 top tips for someone with ADHD – 3SC

Top tips for working with Clients with neurodiversity – Coaches and Advisers edition. – 3SC

‘NOT NAUGHTY, STUPID, OR BAD’ – 3SC

The Impact of supporting Neurodiversity on Employment Contracts – 3SC

Top 6 reasonable adjustments that any manager can make, office edition. – 3SC

Neurodiversity – Twisting Terminology! – 3SC

 

For those who would like to know more about neurodiversity and upskill on providing support for participants and colleagues, you might like to consider doing 3SC’s new Level 2 Qualification in Neurodiversity Awareness. This is a 10 hour unit that covers the following learning points:

 

  1. Understand the term “neurodiversity” and how being neurodivergent affects individuals.
  2. Understand neurodiversity within own practice, organisation or sector.
  3. Be able to reflect on improvements to working environments and practices to better meet the needs of neurodivergent people.

 

We hope you have a great Neurodiversity Awareness week but remember neurodiversity is a part of people’s lives each and every day, not just for one week. You can be a Neurodiversity Ally by supporting your neurodiverse colleagues, family, friends and participants every day. If you are neurodiverse, please ask for help when you need it, it’s not a weakness to ask for help and supporting each other is what builds great teams.