Neurodiverse – Valued for what they can do.

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I have long been concerned about society’s predilection to define individuals by what they can’t do rather than what they can do. We have an education system which used to bunch the ‘abnormal’ into, at best, a special needs category or, at worst, disabled. But it’s getting better.

. . . those with the variety of conditions that are grouped under this banner (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Asperger’s and autism) often struggle to land jobs because of negative stereotypes.

This article in The Telegraph about those categorised as ‘neurodiverse’ describes the potential for organisations such as GCHQ and the Police. However, history shows us that significant innovations in diverse disciplines have been developed by individuals with this ‘problem’.

The many websites aiming to crush the myth that dyslexia is any obstacle at all to being a world-beater are full of the names of those who have thrived with it – inventors (Alexander Graham Bell), entrepreneurs (Richard Branson), virtuoso musicians (Nigel Kennedy), writers (F Scott Fitzgerald) and Renaissance men (Leonardo da Vinci).

I understand that there are a number of global organisations, such as SAP, who recognise and value this talent pool through support of their charities and potential employment. We applaud them and hope that PAOGA will also be able to support such a worthy cause in the future. After all – People Are Our Greatest Asset.

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