Neurodiversity is a recent term, first thought to have been used in 1998, that refers to the complex ways in which the brain works and processes information (ACAS, 2021; Autistic UK, 2020; Nelson, 2020; Orsini, 2013). As the concept is still growing in awareness, an investigation into neurodiversity and the complexities of being recruited into the working environment has been conducted. Three areas of particular focus include the recruitment and selection processes, accommodations and support, and individuals’ perceptions on how businesses cater for neurodivergents.
An initial exploration into society’s perception, education, employment, and support and initiatives with regards to neurodiversity are included in the literature review. The research questions were created from the gaps identified within existing literature, from this, an online questionnaire was distributed through relevant channels in order to gain an insight into the topics requiring further examination.
The results showed that whilst some employers are making efforts to become more inclusive, this is not an accurate representation of all workplaces. Participants in the research were able to identify areas where businesses could improve, and made suggestions as to how they could do this. One key theme highlighted throughout was for employers to improve upon their awareness and understanding of neurodiverse conditions. Recommendations for future research within this field have been outlined, particularly in education and employment, through investigating different sectors inclusivity levels and exploring businesses’ perspectives on neurodiversity.
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