Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place 18-24 March. Learn about the benefits of recruiting a neurodiverse workforce and access resources.

18 March 2024

Neurodiversity Celebration Week  is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. This year, Neurodiversity Celebration Week has partnered with Lexxic, a specialist psychological consultancy who supports and values the talents of neurodivergent minds.  

It is estimated that around one in seven people in the UK are neurodivergent. Neurodivergence is an umbrella term used to describe alternative thinking styles such as dyslexia, developmental co-ordination disorder (dyspraxia), dyscalculia, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.    

These conditions should not always be thought of as disabilities or disorders. In the right context, these differences mean people can offer unique perspectives and powerful contributions to organisations. 

Employing neurodivergent people  

  • Neurodivergent people are often hardworking, loyal, highly motivated creative thinkers and problem solvers, and can enhance teams. 
  • In a recruitment market where competition for the best talent is intense, organisations can increase access to a wider pool of talent available and discover a variety of new, untapped skill sets, that neurodivergent people possess. 
  • Many neurodivergent people see their neurodivergence as a fundamental part of who they are, so it’s important to use positive language. If you are referring to a particular person or group, ask people how they would prefer to be described. 

Resources and events 

  • Download resources and join free events such as how to build a neurodiversity-friendly workplace culture, visit the national Neurodiversity Celebration Week website.  
  • Neurodiversity specialists, Lexxic Consulting, have published a wealth of resources about neurodiversity.  
  • Patient Voices have created a number of digital stories which embrace complexity in neurodevelopment.  

Get involved in Neurodiversity Celebration Week, join the conversation on X (Twitter) using #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek and follow @NCWeek.