Neurodivergent people and people with autism can participate and contribute to society with their valuable skills and talents. A big part of our Into Work service in Portsmouth, is the training and support of potential employers. This support helps with minimal adjustments to welcome them into the workspace. This is so employers can have an inclusive workforce that better reflects the society we live in. We’ve helped place people, like Richard, through our Into Work service, and they are thriving!
Having neurodiverse employees is key to creating an inclusive workforce which reflects the society we live in. Neurodiverse employees have valuable skills and talents which will make them a brilliant asset to any company. Some of the benefits that you can expect a neurodiverse employee to bring to the organisation include:
- a unique perspective
- Neurodiverse people can be among the most committed, loyal, and hardworking employees
What is Neurodivergent?
Neurodivergent is the term for when someone’s mental or neurological function is different from what is considered “typical.” There are many different ways that neurodivergence manifests. These can range from very mild, unnoticeable ways, to more obvious. In fact, there are many different classes. Such as:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- bipolar disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- borderline personality disorder
Why you should hire neurodivergent/people with autism and how we can support you?
Support for neurodivergent and employees with autism is key to job sustainability. A big part of our service is supporting and training employers. We can support you to make the reasonable adjustments needed for a neurodiverse workforce. Ways in which we can help you include:
- Help in taking positive steps to engage and attract neurodivergent/candidates with autism at recruitment stage.
- Upskill your workforce by providing training for all so that neurodiversity is better understood.
- Support with making adjustments during the recruitment process and identify ways to alleviate anxiety which is a common feeling during the recruitment process for candidates with neurodivergent qualities.
- Offer in-work-support for employees who areneurodivergent/have autism
- Provide support and advice with communication i.e. workplace etiquette, routine and clear and concise verbal and written instructions.
We’ve placed people we work with in a variety of roles. One of the people we work with is currently at Portsmouth Central Library. And another is creating content for social media accounts for restaurants. We offer a range of services for people with learning disabilities in and around Portsmouth.