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Exploring Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Develop your understanding of neurodiversity in the workplace to better support your neurodivergent colleagues or team members.

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Exploring Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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Understand neurodiversity and champion neuroinclusion

Around 15-20% of the global population identifies as being neurodivergent. They are three times more likely to be unemployed than people with physical or visible disabilities, and six times more likely than people without disabilities.

On this three-week course from Nottingham Business School, you’ll learn what it means to be neurodivergent. Approaching the issue from an HR and business perspective, you’ll learn how championing neurodiversity could make your workplace more productive, equal, and neuro-inclusive.

Learn how harnessing neurodivergence could benefit your organisation

Neurodivergent people have many unique skills: they see and experience things differently, can offer new perspectives and ideas, as well as being able to empathise with the experience of sometimes marginalised audiences.

After an introduction to the key concepts and terminology of neurodiversity, you’ll begin exploring ways of harnessing neurodivergence for the benefit of your organisation.

Investigating real-world case studies and interviews with neurodivergent employees, you’ll learn about the unique strengths that come with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and more.

Discover ways of supporting and championing your neurodivergent colleagues

Once you’ve understood the benefits of promoting neurodiversity, you’ll consider ways of supporting and championing your neurodivergent colleagues.

You’ll discover what it means to make reasonable adjustments and how you can eradicate discrimination in your hiring and development processes.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the tools you need to effectively foster neuroinclusion at work.


  • Week 1

    What is neurodiversity: key concepts

    • Getting started

      The first week of the course starts with the introductory and orientation information.

    • What do you know about neurodiversity?

      In this part of the course, you will assess your current understanding of neurodiversity, explore the neurodiversity paradigm and examine how media shapes and influences these perceptions.

    • Being neurodivergent

      This activity explores the implications of common myths and stereotypes surrounding neurodivergent conditions.

    • Finding out more about neurodivergent conditions

      In this part of the course we delve deeper into the experiences of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

  • Week 2

    Neurodivergence and strengths

    • The ‘spiky profile’

      In this part of the course, you will develop understanding of a ‘spiky profile’ and explore the narrative of an interviewee with ADHD.

    • Understanding neurodivergent strengths

      In this part of the course, you will deepen your understanding of neurodivergent strength and examine facts and lived experiences of individuals with dyslexia, ADHD and autism.

    • Using neurodivergent strengths in the workplace

      This part of the course introduces the ‘Manual of Me’ tool and includes tasks in which you will use this tool in your own context.

  • Week 3

    Supporting neurodivergent colleagues

    • Understanding workplace inclusion

      In this part of the course, we will cover the concept of inclusion in workplace, how inclusion can be measured and reflect on inclusion in your organisations.

    • Planning adjustments

      This part of the course focusses on legal aspects and personal experiences related to neurodiversity and workplace adjustments.

    • Implementing adjustments

      This part of the course highlights organisational barriers, provides guidance for managers on implementing adjustments and explores how to optimise contributions from neurodivergent employees.

    • Review and reflection

      The final part reviews the importance of neurodiversity in the workplace and recaps the course content for reflection.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the neurodiversity paradigm.
  • Create confidence in talking about neurodivergence.
  • Identify the strengths associated with neurodivergence.
  • Enable optimal contributions from neurodivergent colleagues.
  • Evaluate the neuroinclusion climate within your team(s).
  • Create an action plan for delivering improved neuroinclusion within your team(s).

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to know more about neurodiversity in the workplace, and what you can do to support your neurodivergent colleagues.

The course will be particularly useful for professionals in HR, leadership, or management roles.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific software or tools needed.

Who will you learn with?

I'm Anne - a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Business School, specialising in neurodiversity in the workplace. I work with companies to develop inclusive workplaces

Who developed the course?

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

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