Neurodiversity and Employability

Research has shown that people with neurodiversity are more likely to be long-term unemployed and convicted of crimes than their neuro-typical peers.  Traditionally, work in this area has focused on the literacy difficulties associated with dyslexia or managing behaviour through medication.

We think a radical new approach is required.  Our work on the award-winning documentary ‘Employable Me’ demonstrates the value of our approach.

Adults need to focus on:

1) the areas most concerning to a workplace.

2) the positive strengths associated with neurodiversity.

Our research has shown that memory difficulties and time / organisational skills are the most prevalent issues for neurodiveristy.  This will affect people attending interviews and learning new routines, which impacts hugely on employability. Find out more about our research here.

We’ve found that tackling memory, organisation and time improves peoples’ abilities to approach work opportunities with professionalism and confidence.  This can be done in peer-led groups for a cost effective approach that deals with the real barriers to employment for this group.

We can find roles that minimise the need for reading and writing, or concentration, or social literacy, but everyone needs to remember new instructions and arrive at work on time.  Neurodiversity limits employability in a very specific, non-obvious way and our programs address that directly.



We can provide a range of solutions from:

  • Positive Assessment – a short, one hour psychometric test & interview with neurodiverse clients to assess for strengths, with a career focused report.
  • Memory Genius – a peer mentoring courses to address the cognitive difficulties associated with neurodiversity / SpLD and build on strengths.
  • Embedded SpLD regional coordinators to link offenders into existing support services.
  • Additional support: screening; assessment; diagnosis and 1:1 support.
  • E-learning.

Contact Fiona Barrett, our Head of Social Inclusion, to find out how we can help improve your programme with our courses, resources and staff training, or Kate Gilbert, Head of Business Development, if you would like to be part of our research pilots.

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