DEI Alignment through Neurodiversity

Whether it’s giving a working parent of a neurodiverse child guidance through our clinical support or providing managers with the tools to recruit and retain neurodiverse individuals in the workplace, there are many ways to tie RethinkCare into your existing DEI initiatives.

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What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity refers to differences in how people communicate, learn, and socialize due to biological differences in the brain. Under the neurodiversity umbrella, autism, ADHD, and dyslexia are considered natural forms of neurological diversity found across all races, cultures, economic conditions, and life experiences.

Coined by Judy Singer, Sociologist

Neurodiversity

Evolution has created specialist thinkers, to bring a variety of expertise to humanity

Dyscalculia

• verbal skills
• innovative thinking

Dyslexia

• visual thinking
• creativity
•3D mechanical skills

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• creativity
• hyper-focus
• energy & passion

Tourette Syndrome

• observational skills
• cognitive control
• creativity

Autism

• concentration
• fine detail processing
• memory

DCD/Dyspraxia

• verbal skills
• empathy
• intuition

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What are the Strengths of Neurodiverse Individuals?

Neurodiverse individuals can provide some of the richest talent to employers. This population excels in things like hyper-focus, creativity, and innovative thinking – just to name a few.

  • 15-20% of the world is neurodiverse.1
  • 20% of undergraduates have some type of disability.2
  • Up to 85% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed.3

Sources: 1 Doyle, N. (2020). Neurodiversity at work: a biopsychosocial model and the impact on working adults. British Medical Bulletin, 135(1), 108 2 US Department of Education. (2019). Profile of undergraduate students: 2015–16 (Report No. 2019‐467). National Center for Education Research 3 Ovaska-Few, S. (2018). Promoting neurodiversity. Journal of Accountancy, 225(1), 46-49. 4 Adapted from Weinberg, Ashley & Doyle, Nancy. (2017). Psychology at work: Improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.

Why Should you Create a Neurodiverse Talent Pool?

  • Neurodiverse individuals are 30% more productive than their neurotypical peers in certain roles 5
  • Individuals with autism are 40% faster at problem solving 6
  • Individuals with autism have increased focus & attention to detail 7
  • Hiring neurodiverse candidates could significantly cut staff recruitment & training costs 8

Sources: 5 Robert D. Austin and Gary P. Pisano, “Neurodiversity as a competitive advantage: Why you should embrace it in your workforce ,” Harvard Business Review 6 Soulières, et al., (2009). Enhanced visual processing contributes to matrix reasoning in autism. Human brain mapping, 30(12), 4082-4107. 7 Markel, K. S., & Elia, B. (2016). How human resource management can best support employees with autism: Future directions for research and practice. Journal of Business and Management, 22(1), 71-84. 8 Wooldridge, A. (2022, February 4). America Is Facing a Great Talent Recession. Bloomberg.com.

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How does RethinkCare Holistically Support Neurodiversity?

Rethink started with a simple goal of providing scalable training and tools for supporting children with autism and their caregivers. This focus on empowering the neurodiverse population has always been at the core of everything we do.

Parental Success

Help parents meet their neurodiverse child’s unique needs

Personal Wellbeing

Manage stressors related to the environment

Professional Resilience

Prepare managers & employees for a neurodiverse workforce

Parental Success

Prepare Children for School

Build Daily Living Skills​

Grow Social & Emotional Awareness

Professional Resilience

Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion​

Build Emotional Intelligence​

Drive Team Collaboration​

Personal Wellbeing

Advocate for Yourself​

Manage Emotions​

Reduce Stress & Anxiety​

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