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  • Writer's pictureMaryanne McNeill

Why Neurodiversity might just be the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread ‼❣

Employing someone with neurodiversity isn’t just a matter of doing the “right” thing or of being a “good citizen”, it just might boost your bottom line. 💲

Often, we try to have people fit into our mould.

Perhaps what we should do is change the mould fit to the person.

And we can then watch them thrive.

Many people with neurodiversity issues such as autism outperform their neurotypical peers.

Companies such as Ernst & Young and Microsoft invest heavily in an autistic workforce.

“People on the autism spectrum have multiple and varied skills to contribute to the workplace, and businesses can experience a strong return on investment by supporting greater diversity,” says Dianne Malley, director of a Transition Pathways initiative at Drexel University in the U.S.

Ernst & Young’s autistic employees are often employed in technology positions because that is where many of them seem to excel.

Apart from being good workers, autistic employees tend to be very loyal when they feel valued and supported.

Companies that have implemented autism hiring programs report seeing benefits within the whole workplace that range from better outcomes for clients to enhanced management.

A few companies specialize in hiring people with autism to test software due to the exceptional analytical reasoning and pattern recognition of many autistic people.

One company working with IBM to test their software, had success with their autistic staff finding 56 percent more bugs than IBM’s own workers had.🤯

We as a society need to embrace those on the spectrum and acknowledge and recognize the many strengths and talents that come from thinking and observing the world differently.

After all, variety is the spice of life and diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.


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