Being neurodiverse means thinking, learning, perceiving the world, interacting, and processing information differently. Embracing those who are neurodiverse can help businesses thrive, as a workforce that includes people with a variety of backgrounds,experiences and approaches can help to improve creativity, innovation and problem-solving.
Neurodivergent people include those who have:
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions
The key legislation that relates to neurodiversity in the workplace is the Equality Act 2010. This Act introduces nine protected characteristics, one being disability. Neurodivergent workers may meet the definition of disability under the Act, which provides them with rights to reasonable adjustments and protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
Employers must comply with the Equality Act by developing policies and practices that support neurodiverse individuals, thereby enabling them to be treated according to their needs.