Summary of Neurodiversity – A Vital Aspect of Workplace Inclusion

Neurodiversity – A Vital Aspect of Workplace Inclusion summary

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The modern workplace is more diverse than ever before. Although employers still have a long way to go to achieve true workplace equality, organizations have made strides in increasing the proportion of women, LGBTQ and people of different ethnic backgrounds. In this CIPD podcast episode, three experts discuss what may well be diversity’s next frontier: neurodiversity. The discussion provides hands-on advice to recruiters, HR professionals and line managers on attracting and accommodating talent whose thinking and behavior diverges from the mainstream. 

About the Podcast

On each episode of the in-house podcast of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), former BBC reporter Philippa Lamb discusses a workplace topic with a selection of experts. In this CIPD podcast episode on neurodiversity, she talks to Jill Miller, PhD, diversity and inclusion adviser at CIPD; Margaret Malpas, vice president of the British Dyslexia Association; and Kirsty Wilson, global job coach at Auticon – an IT consulting business and social enterprise that exclusively employs adults on the autism spectrum.


The term “neurodiversity” refers to the range of differences in cognition and behavior among the human population.

People don’t think, communicate or solve problems the same way. Variations in human cognition particularly stand out when it comes to people with identifiable conditions like autism, dyslexia or ADD. Everyday tasks that feel like second nature to most people may be challenging to people with these conditions. Although diagnosing different conditions is crucial for being able to provide people with the support they need, understanding the condtions as “differences” rather than “disorders” – especially when in a workplace setting – is more constructive. It’s in any employer’s interest to employ people who are diverse in their perspectives and strengths. Not only can organizations benefit from the unique talents of such a workforce, but they ...

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