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Creative Differences – A handbook for embracing neurodiversity in the creative industries

Date Created: 16th Feb 2020

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Neurodiverse (ND) and neurodiversity refer to the infinite variation in cognitive functioning that can lead to differences in thinking, attention and memory.

The handbook, created and published by Universal Musuc Uk, explores the experiences of people with specific facets of neurodiversity such as ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and Tourette Syndrome. It has been guided throughout by people with lived experiences and key organisations working in the field.

The handbook highlights that while nearly all creative companies recognise the value of neurodiversity in the workplace only very few have ND-friendly policies and practices in place. It goes on to provide a range of practical solutions companies can adopt to make their workforces more accessible in areas including recruitment, mentorship and career progression. Specific recommendations include neurodiversity awareness education for all employees, providing flexibility around the job application process and also some less obvious suggestions such as a buddy system to help new recruits better understand unwritten social rules.

Click here for more from the launch event or click the button below to read the handbook.



Cultural Education Partnerships Neurodiversity Professional Development Work-based learning

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