Charities partner with businesses for neurodiversity initiative

A number of charities have partnered with businesses for a new initative to help ensure greater workplace inclusion of the neurodivergent community.

Called 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 and has launched today (22 March 2022).

It is a voluntary foum with no membership fees, led by CEO Dan Harris. It will draw upon the cumulative knowledge of neurodivergent experts and companies to share best practice and improve the employment and experience of the neurodiverse workforce.

Charity partners include: 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 with more expected to be added.

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.

It's believed that 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 the organisation 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 and Virgin Media/O2.

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