NiB is a business-led forum functioning as an industry group for organisations to share industry good practice on ND recruitment, retention and empowerment.
The vision is to foster a corporate environment where neurodivergent people are understood and form an invaluable part of the work culture.
We will achieve this by creating a best-practice business community to share indispensable insight for:
Create awareness as to the benefits and strengths of neurodiversity in the workplace.
Empowerment, recognition, help and guidance to navigate a successful, happy and independent career path.
To have a better understanding and facilitate allyship and respect with neurodivergent colleagues.
Our Values & Mission
Our values are to ensure that the view of neurodivergent people are central to everything we do. By fostering collaboration we can develop and share best-practice for the benefit of all.
Why focus on Neurodiversity?
Only 16% of autistic adults are in full time paid employment
(National Autistic Society)
Only 1 in 10 organisations are focusing on neurodiversity at work
(CIPD Poll 2018)
45% of people have lost or left their job because of challenges caused by autism
(National Autistic Society)
Neurodiversity describes the amazing variety in human neurology, thinking, communication styles and expression. Those typically excluded are a wide spectrum of neurodivergent conditions, characteristics and expression including conditions such as Autism Spectrum Condition, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Developmental Language Disorder, and Dyspraxia. 15-20% of the world population is Neurodivergent (rising sharply in STEM tertiary education).
By embracing Neurodiversity and the contributions every kind of mind can make businesses unleash long term potential benefits that enable their teams and their people to make an impact that matters.
- Economic – Diversity of thought is critical to an innovative workforce, the neurodivergent represent a spectrum of different styles of thinking contributing to this.
- Sustainability – Provides access to hidden talent pools and reduces talent turnover.
- Legal – Neurodivergent characteristics are protected by the Equality Act.
- Moral – Empowering diversity is simply the right thing to do.
- Social – Social responsibility and making an impact in the community is increasingly critical to a business’ brand.
Neurodivergent diagnoses do not impact intelligence and innovative thinking, self-starting motivation, attention to detail and resilience are often overrepresented in these different thinkers.
- Acceptance and inclusion for Neurodiversity strongly correlates with employee well-being and mental health.
- Exclusion of the Neurodivergent is observed to exacerbate other areas of exclusion, with Neurodivergent Women, LGBTQ+ Neurodivergent People or Neurodivergent people who belong to ethnic minorities facing complex challenges to recognition and inclusion.