To celebrate Neurodiversity this month, our Student Lead, Amelia, reveals what Neurodiversity is and tells us why companies should embrace it.
Please could you introduce yourself?
“Hi, my name is Amelia Shipton; I am Student Lead here at Studenteer. I am also an Actor and Company Director. I have Dyslexia, and therefore, I am incredibly passionate about increasing the awareness around Neurodiversity and how we can continue to support inclusion within a workspace. Although being dyslexic can pose some challenges, I am incredibly grateful to be able to use my way of thinking as an advantage.
Being dyslexic does not affect my intelligence, and it simply means my brain operates differently, but it is wonderfully unique in its own.
I can think outside the box, pay close attention to detail, and communicate effectively. I can use my brain’s ability to change and generate perceptions to my advantage. And think multi-dimensionally instead of from one specific viewpoint. I am an inquisitive and perceptive individual. I enjoy solving problems and observing the finer points of a situation. All these skills allow me to have a competitive edge over my peers. Many businesses and organizations desire individuals who can think outside the box, and those who are neurodivergent do precisely this.”
What is Neurodiversity?
“Neurodiversity is the belief that differences in the brain are normal rather than detrimental. Neurodiversity influences how individuals perceive, interact, and understand the world around them. This notion has the potential to decrease the stigma associated with learning differences and allows our society to appreciate people’s unique perspectives.
Embracing Neurodiversity allows for change and ethical choices in our society to support individuals and allow them to be treated equally to those who are Neurotypical.
Although I identify as Neurodiverse due to my Dyslexia, other learning differences also fall under the umbrella associated with Neurodiversity.“
How can we ensure we continue to support inclusion within the workplace?
“I believe all leaders should embrace and celebrate their team’s differences:
- Encouraging employees to communicate their needs in the workplace is one of the essential tools to demonstrate excellent leadership.
2. Communication is vital; continue to have open conversations with your employees and colleagues.
3. Invite your team to share feedback and allow space for reflection and room for change.
4. Stay open-minded, and refrain from making assumptions about what support people may need.
5. A good leader will recognize individuality and guide the individual to become the best version of themselves.”
“I believe we should embrace Neurodiversity and celebrate each individual’s differences while also recognizing the high value they bring to an organization through their unique perceptions.” – Amelia