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Neurodiversity

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What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term referring to a group of neurological development disorders which share common features, in particular differences in how people learn and process information. Definitions vary, but here we use the term to refer to:

  • dyslexia and dyscalculia
  • dyspraxia,
  • dyscalculia and developmental coordination disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD) and
  • Autistic Spectrum (Autism / Asperger’s syndrome).

Under the law these conditions are collectively known as 'hidden disabilities', a useful term for gaining and securing disability discrimination rights under the Equality Act 2010.

The word neurodiversity has been adopted by TSSA because many, or even most, people with information-processing differences do not consider themselves disabled, but prefer to describe themselves as having a different set of skills, abilities and ways of seeing the world which may be very helpful in some situations and less so in others. With appropriate support it is possible to be highly successful and many people find niches in which they can flourish.

Why do I need to know about neurodiversity in the workplace?

 

Each condition presents its own challenges and is often accompanied by unique strengths.

For example, many individuals develop high levels of determination and resilience from working twice as hard to overcome issues in their everyday life.

However some people find that they struggle in certain aspects of their job because of difficulties associated with their condition, in ways that their colleagues do not. Often, providing information to individuals and employers and making a few simple reasonable adjustments to the working environment is all that is needed to support the individual to develop to their full potential and make their working day a much more positive experience.

How can I find out more?

There are lots of ways to find out more;

  • You can use the links on the left of this page. 
  • You can apply to go on the waiting list for an Awareness course here if you are a TSSA member.
  • You can contact the TSSA Helpdesk here.  or,
  • You can contact;  Adèle Potten-Price, Equalities(Neurodiversity), Educaiton and Projects Organiser potten-pricea@tssa.org.uk

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