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  • Writer's pictureJacqui Grant

Neurodiversity - Inclusiveness

Connect and Grow Magazine- Edition 5 January 2024






Celebrating who you are...










When it comes to being true to who you are and having other people understand you, one important thing is knowing who you are and accepting that you are different; you are unique.


As a person with neurodivergent traits of Autism and ADHD, I have been told to change the way I speak to change the way I respond to conversation.


To either have more energy or to calm my energy down and yet that is not always possible.


A neurodivergent person is often expected to mask, not to be completely who they are, in situations such as the workplace or social gatherings. Usually, this is so that other people do not feel uncomfortable.


To explain this a little more, stop and think about a time when you have been somewhere. It may have been a social event out at a restaurant or somewhere, and someone who looks different walks in; they may have bright pink hair and are wearing clothes that appear to not all match. You look at that person; how did you feel?


Do you think of Wow, I love their bright hair? Do you think, oh dear, they didn't plan out their clothes? One way, you are embracing them without judgment; the other is full of judgment based on what you deem to be "normal".


Being neurodivergent is simply being different; while we may not look different, such as having bright pink hair or "mismatched" clothes, or maybe we do, we have a different way of processing information and then replying/responding to that information.





People with neurodivergent traits process information differently.










When you understand your traits and how you respond to situations, you can explain them to others. However, it can be challenging when the people you are explaining it to are dismissive and use statements such as "everyone does that" and " we all have to adapt".


Those statements do not help.

Start by embracing who you are, loving who you are as a beautiful, incredible person, and then when you are ready, you can share how you view the world.


Start by embracing who you are, loving who you are as a beautiful, incredible person, and then when you are ready, you can share how you view the world.

 

Focus on your strengths, focus on what you love and focus on being the best version of yourself; your people, your tribe, and your community will be there supporting you.


Neurodiversity Training for Workplace and Practitioner Training





As someone that has struggled in the workplace to be understood and to keep enjoying my job, I decided to find a way to able to share with my manager/s what I required to be able to do my job, and I taught myself how to find a way to be able to “fit in” without having to mask constantly.

 

When a person is expected to mask every day for 8 hours a day in a workplace and not be able to be true to themselves, it impacts their overall health and well-being, it takes away the enjoyment of their job, and as a result of this, they may find they start to switch off.

 

Many people who are Autistic or have ADHD or both have other traits that may impact the way they do their job. It could be that they never see a task all the way through. It could also be that they become extremely excited and high energy one day and the next day not engaging very much at all.

 

For those who are neurotypical all of this can be confusing and depending on the situation can be a challenging workplace for all concerned.

I have developed strategies and tools to assist managers to create a neurodiverse inclusive workplace taking into account the different styles of communication that each person has and how to bridge that gap.

 

I am currently delivering this training to a couple of businesses in New York and look forward to working with more people, especially in Australia.

 

When you have an inclusive workplace you are able to bring out the best in your staff and your business will grow.

 

To learn more visit our website: Neurodiversity Training and Consultations

 

Written by Jacqui Grant





(C) 2024 Break Free Consultancy

Disclaimer: All information is for general use only. It is accurate at the time of publication and subject to change. Always seek professional support


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