The Myth of a Normal Brain

By: Leena Haque  

Ever considered how hard it is to concentrate in classrooms or in work meetings because the patterns on the walls are alive? Why do the words in an email begin to dance and whirl the closer you get to a deadline? What if you couldn’t find the words to properly explain why you do things differently to everyone else? What if you preferred to explain things using pictures instead? Neurodiversity is a relatively new term and focuses on the positive attributes associated with hidden disabilities, such as autism spectrum conditions (ASC), AD(H)D, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s and Learning Disabilities to name just a few. The future of workplace diversity is not what you think but how you think. Diversity as a term for employers covers several groups of individuals and considers different genders, ethnicities, religions, sexuality, and disability. However we feel that although these many groups are represented, diversity in the workplace hasn’t yet properly understood the need to represent those people with neurological differences. This study offers a unique opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to connect and learn about these differences in a unique way and understand that there is a huge amount of untapped potential being overlooked by society in general. It is important to have a diverse workforce. Most organisations recognise this need and can understand the benefits that a diverse workforce can bring. We believe Neurodiversity brings different perspectives from different backgrounds to provide diversity of thought, resulting in real creativity and innovation.

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Leena Haque

Senior UX Designer, User Experience and Design, BBC, United Kingdom
United Kingdom