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Neurodiversity, a component of Diversity and Inclusion

Neurodiversity, a component of Diversity and Inclusion

According to the 2011 National Symposium on Neurodiversity held at Syracuse University, neurodiversity is:

A concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others

According to Pier Jaarsma in 2011, neurodiversity is a "controversial concept" that "regards atypical neurological development as a normal human difference"

Neurodiversity is a tactic to learning and disability that recommends that diverse neurological conditions appear as a consequence of normal disparities in the human genome. This combination of neurological and diversity originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to predominant interpretations of neurological diversity as integrally pathological, instead stating that neurological differences should be accepted and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.

Neurodiversity movement is an international civil rights movement that has the autism rights movement as its most dominant sub-movement. This drive edges autism, bipolarity and other neurotypes as a normal human dissimilarity rather than a pathology or disorder, and its activists cast-off the idea that neurological differences need to be (or can be) cured, as they believe them to be authentic forms of human diversity, self-expression, and being.

Neurodiversity endorses promote support systems (such as inclusion-focused services, accommodations, communication and assistive technologies, occupational training, and independent living support) that permit those who are neuro-divergent to live their lives as they are, rather than being pressured or forced to accept uncritically accepted ideas of normality, or to adapt to a clinical ideal.

Followers of the many autism rights organizations view autism as a way of life rather than as an ailment and thus support acceptance over a search for a cure. Some supporters are confident that common therapies for the behavioral and language differences associated with autism, like applied behavior analysis, are not only wrong but also devious.

For those of us who pursue to promulgate and build upon the neurodiversity model – especially those of us who are producing writing on neurodiversity – it’s lively that we preserve some basic lucidity and evenness of language, for the sake of effective communication among ourselves and with our wider spectators. Clarity of language ropes clarity of understanding.

How to Support Neuro-diversity in the organizations?

In order to attract diverse talent, creating unique programming that will engage a neuro-diverse community in the work your company is doing can go a long way.

If your organization believes in Diversity and Inclusion, create distinctive work environment to deliver value to a neuro-diverse community. Barry Janzen’s company, Trimble, has collaborated with the University of Utah to deliver courses on various topics which are useful to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Trimble is successful in developing a community of neurodiverse learners in a manner that benefits them improve their skills for future employment.

The employees should be trained to accept the colleagues with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders as normal human beings. It is important to be proactive in building in systems of advocacy and support to avert and decrease potential conflicts or confusions. Communicate clearly and non-ambiguously to support employees with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Diversity in the workplace is important because it establishes itself in building a great status for the organization, leading to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. The Management and employees have to evaluate their beliefs and psychological conditionings to overcome the bias and prejudices so that everybody gets equal treatment.

 

Ganesh Kelagina Beedu Shenoy
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