Neurodiversity in Business (NiB)
Monday 21 March 2022
Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) launches at House of Commons
NiB is a new initiative to help ensure greater workplace inclusion of the neurodivergent community.
London – 22 March 2022 – Neurodiversity in Business – a new organisation which will function as an industry forum to support the participation of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace has launched at an event hosted at the Houses of Parliament.
The organisation, led by CEO, Dan Harris draws upon the cumulative knowledge of neurodivergent experts and leading companies to share best practices and improve the employment and experience of the neurodiverse workforce.
Neurodiversity describes many commonplace conditions which alter the way people perceive and interpret information and the world around them. Conditions include, amongst others, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD. Across the UK, various reports show that between 15-20% of people are neurodivergent. In real terms, that is between 10 million and 13.5 million people. Yet, just 15% of this group are not in any form of employment.
What is Neurodiversity in Business (NiB)
An industry forum that seeks to improve upon loss of human capital. For the first time, UK Plc is coming together to help lead changes in this area. Led by neurodivergent experts and those with direct experience of neurodiversity from across the business community, NiB works with businesses by sharing best practice. Importantly, those who are neurodivergent are key to this organisation to ensure that NiB keeps true to the aims of the neurodivergent community.
NiB’s mission is to help develop more neuro-inclusive workplaces. Whether it is ensuring a better hiring process that does not exclude neurodivergent candidates, to helping identify easy modifications to the workplace environment that can support sustainable employment opportunities.
By ensuring a more neurodiverse workforce, businesses are not simply fulfilling some corporate social responsibility programme; they materially and commercially benefit. Those from a neurodivergent background can contribute in meaningful ways to business growth through their single-mindedness, attention to detail, innovative thinking patterns, diligence and creativity. They do however require better support than is currently available – and that is where NiB can help.
We know that businesses are under pressure as never before to do more for the world they operate in. But we also know that by bringing businesses together, this can be addressed effectively and ensure that everyone benefits: businesses; neurodivergent individuals and society at large.