8 Oct 2019
University raises awareness of neurodiversity as part of staff Inclusivity Group launch
Loughborough University is working to promote awareness and understanding of ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions among staff and students.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It is a long-term condition that impacts on the day-to-day living of those affected by it.
It sits under the neurodiversity umbrella term for neurological conditions which includes, but is not limited to, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism (ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia can co-exist).
Many organisations are now seeing the value of a neurodiverse workforce and have made substantial changes to HR and hiring practices, as well as work environments in order to become ‘neurodivergent friendly’.
The Disability Staff Support Group is being re-launched in Martin Hall as the Inclusivity Group on Thursday 10 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
The group is there to support all those who have or are affected by physical or neurodivergent differences, such as ADHD, dyslexia, Crohn’s disease or colitis. This includes those who are parents of children with any of these conditions.
Neurodiversity training is also being incorporated into the current Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity training and Recruitment training.