What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within people.  This essentially means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from what society refers to as “normal” or “neurotypical”.  It includes any condition that in some way affects an individual’s thinking skills and is usually associated with conditions such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and Asperger’s.

Many of the country’s leading employers recognise the business advantages of recruiting a more diverse workforce.  Besides their ability to do the job, individuals with neurodiversity can have creative problem-solving skills and are likely to have devoted more time and energy to their studies/career development than the average employee and as such are likely to be a valuable asset to your organisation. A more accessible workplace for your employees means a more accessible workplace for your clients and customers.

Our aim at Lakeland Capabilities is to unlock the potential of individuals with neurodiverse conditions within the workplace, allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. We can help you navigate the legislation and provide a work environment that welcomes these individuals, enabling them to maximise their contribution to your organisation.

How can we help with neurodiversity?

Unlocking Learning Capabilities Workshop: providing guidance for employers on how best to support individuals with neurodiversity, both during the recruitment process and later career development. A comprehensive guide to the ‘reasonable adjustment’ process and the implications of the Equality Act 2010.

Diagnostic adult workplace assessments: for a full diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), a comprehensive cognitive assessment with recommendations matching an individual’s capabilities and skills to their workplace environment in order to enable them to perform to their best ability.

Coaching: a one to one service by our psychologists to unlock the potential of employees with neurodiversity within the workplace. Our performance coaches are experienced cognitive assessors and well placed to advise and guide individuals to cope with the demands of their jobs.