Accommodating Neurodiversity in the Workplace
By Dora Gao, SN Inclusion Blog Writer
19 June, 2021 by
Accommodating Neurodiversity in the Workplace
SN Inclusion

    Our world is full of unique and diverse individuals, each with their own personalities and needs. In fact, around 20% of the population have received a diagnosis of a neurodiverse condition such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome, or others. With an estimate of one in eight people being considered neurodivergent, it’s crucial for workplaces to work with neurodiverse employees’ needs.

Challenges and Possible Accomodations for Neurodivergents in Workplaces

To help neurodivergent individuals reach their potential, we need to first understand their neurodiversity. We need to ask them how to help them work efficiently and what may be hard for them in order to put appropriate accommodations in place.  For instance, one very considerable problem is distractions. Neurodivergent people can be more easily distracted and/or bothered by background noises of people chatting or the constant clicking noises from computer keys. By learning about neurodivergent employees’ potential distractions and reminding their co-workers to be cognizant of them, employers can help create neurodiverse-friendly workplaces. For example, areas can also be separated from the main workplace to ensure a quieter working environment for all employees. 

    Color and setting play an incredibly important role in our mental health, especially for those who could feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the workplace setting. The usual white and grey shades of the common workplace can make neurodivergent people feel uncomfortable as it’s like a blank canvas empty of color and life. Colors such as blue, green, and yellow can be added to help people feel more comfortable as they can remind them of the colorful world outside and therefore, less stressed when inside the white artificial walls of the workplace. However, note that overwhelmingly bright colors can also trigger sensory overload for many neurodivergent individuals. Always check with the individual person you are working with for their personal preferences.

    Communication is key for any workplace. Interpersonal socialization and communication can be challenging for neurodivergent individuals, which can make employment particularly daunting. That’s why more free speech should be allowed in the workspace. Allowing everyone to connect with each other and enjoy everyone’s company and feeling safe and more secure, benefiting everyone.

    Everyone is important in society and society should be molded to accommodate everyone to their needs and health to ensure everyone’s happiness. These are just some ways on how we can benefit the world for neurodiverse people to help them, but there are so many other ways too. Today you take away ideas and thoughts that allow you to think what else can I do to help everyone in this world, neurodivergent or not. 

 
 

Accommodating Neurodiversity in the Workplace
SN Inclusion
19 June, 2021
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