Neurodiversity is a movement that emerged from the work of Judy Singer, a sociologist and a person on the autistic spectrum. She proposed that people who are “neurologically different represent a new addition to the familiar political categories of class, gender, and race.”
The movement includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
This workshop focuses on ASD. ASD is clinically classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder with an estimated 1% of prevalence across most populations. The core symptoms include differences in social communication, the presence of restricted and repetitive interests or activities, and sensory anomalies.
It is important to note that some people who are on the spectrum do not like the term disorder, therefore we shorten it to Autism Spectrum (AS).
A New Workforce
More companies are turning their attention and employment strategies towards hiring people with ASD. In the US there are over 50 big companies that are spearheading AS specific hiring strategies.
This change provides an opportunity for society to be more forward thinking about the wide range of human intellect and capacity. Everyone, who is willing to work, should have an opportunity to do so.
They should also be afforded the right to work in environments that are responsive and conscious of their needs.
This means employers, workspace designers, HR departments, and brands should be aware of the biological elements of this new workforce. Specifically, so they can provide them with the right workspace environment both from a socio-cultural and design perspective.
This workshop will empower workspace designers and workplace strategists to deliver truly inclusive spaces that support the health and wellbeing from a biological perspective, and in certain areas directly support productivity.