Diversity and Inclusion
Neurodiversity is about recognising that people think about things differently. Most people’s brains work and interpret information similarly, however, others interpret information in different ways. This is just another way of accessing your environment.
Why it’s important that organisations embrace and support neurodiversity in the workplace
Organisations are realising that a diverse set of skills, experiences, perspectives and background fosters innovation. In turn, this can increase productivity, customers’ needs are better catered for, along with shaping products and services offered.
The National Autistic Society reports that only 16% of adults with autism are in full time work. Many people with autism can work and are enthusiastic to find jobs which reflects their talent and interests. With a little understanding and small adjustments to the workplace, they can be a real asset to businesses across the UK.
What we are doing to attract and retain neurodivergent people
- We have raised awareness of neurodivergent conditions, such as autism, among colleagues and managers, so that they are best placed to support neurodivergent colleagues in the workplace.
- We have provided training for line managers on supporting and managing colleagues with autism.
- We are constantly refining our job descriptions to give candidates a clearer sense of what’s involved in the job role.
- We have taken steps to update our candidate packs. We are in the process of redesigning our recruitment webpages to ensure we are accessible to all.
- We are currently reviewing our recruitment processes to maximise inclusion by ensuring our values are aligned with our recruitment.
- We work with candidates to understand what support, if any, they will need if appointed. This can involve adjustments to the sensory environment, such as providing quiet spaces to work, assistive software, noise-cancelling headphones, buddying and sensory aids.
The Assembly Commission is a signatory of the Government’s Disability Confident Campaign – we are a Disability Confident Employer and have also been awarded the National Autism Society Autism Friendly Award.
“As an employee at the Assembly Commission with a diagnosis of Autism and ADHD, I feel accepted for who I am, as a person living with these disabilities. The organisation has been very supportive towards my wish to work part-time as this is so suitable for my needs.
It was a great honour to deliver a presentation at a staff training session about autism where I had the chance to talk about my personal experiences in this area. This specialised staff training session greatly helped me and my line manager understand my needs and reasonable adjustments have been carried out as a result.
I look forward to continuing to gain more skills and experience during my employment here and continue to avidly contribute to the day-to-day running of the organisation.”
Assembly Commission employee