CEOs finally get it. Staff on the autism spectrum are a huge asset
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The conversation around diversity and inclusion has picked up significantly in the past few years, pushing some companies to rethink their hiring policies. But what about differences in the brain? Enter neurodiversity: people with autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
While the stigma around these disorders is still rampant in the workplace, some companies are now recognising that hiring people with neurological differences could give them a competitive edge. In October 2017, SAP, Microsoft, EY, JPMorgan Chase, Ford Motor and DXC Technology formed the Autism at Work Employer Roundtable to raise awareness around autism and help other firms with their hiring processes. Since then, the initiative has grown to 15 companies.