Neurodiversity in Business launched

A new initiative to help ensure greater workplace inclusion of the neurodivergent community has been formed.

Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) is a new organisation which will function as an industry forum to support the participation of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace, led by CEO Dan Harris, it draws upon the cumulative knowledge of neurodivergent experts and leading companies to share best practice and improve the employment and experience of the neurodiverse workforce.

Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognised and respected just like any other human variation. A neurodiverse workforce consists of both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals. Neurodivergent refers to people with Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Dyspraxia or Dysgraphia, amongst other conditions.

Between 15-20 percent of the population are estimated to be neurodivergent, around 10-13.5 million in the UK, yet just a small proportion of this group are in any employment whatsoever.

Founding members of NiB include: Accenture; ARM, AstraZeneca; Capita;; Deloitte; Hiscox; IBM, Kimberly Clark; KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group; Metro Bank; NatWest; Network Rail; Openreach; Oracle; Orange; Rolls Royce plc; Sky; TalkTalk; The Open University; Unilever; Virgin Media/O2 and many more.

NiB also has an array of close partnerships with leading organisations in the ND ecosystem including: Auticon; Ambitious about Autism; the ADHD Foundation; the British Dyslexia Association; Caudwell Children’s Charity; Diversity and Ability (D&A); DO-IT Profiler; Genius Within, Lexxic; National Autistic Society and many more.

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