Neurodiversity in the workplace is finally receiving the mainstream attention it deserves. Yet, despite growing recognition that employers must build accepting and supportive work environments for all employees (up to 20% of people are neurodivergent, according to some estimates1), much work remains to eradicate stigma around disabilities and create a truly inclusive workforce.
A recent ADDitude reader panel found that many people with ADHD experienced discrimination at work because of their symptoms. And a poll conducted during the ADDitude webinar, “'Invisible' Disabilities at Work: How to Foster Neurodivergent Advocacy and Acceptance," revealed greater detail about neurodivergent workplace discrimination. Nearly 30% of respondents, for example, said they were denied reasonable workplace accommodations.
Question: "Have you faced discrimination at work because of your disability? If yes, in what way?"
Webinar attendees' responses:
- I was denied reasonable workplace accommodations: 29%
- I was denied opportunities for greater responsibility: 28%
- I was publicly criticized and/or shamed: 28%
- I was not promoted: 21%
- I was put on ‘probation:’ 19%
- I was excluded from social activities: 17%
- I was forced to resign: 14%
- I was fired: 14%
- I was excluded from meetings: 12%
- I was denied a bonus and/or raise: 11%
- I was demoted: 5%
- Other: 37%
From disclosing a diagnosis and asking for accommodations to understanding what workplaces can do to support neurodivergent talent, here are attendees' top questions about neurodiversity in the workplace, along with answers and insights from Jessica Hicksted, a doctoral candidate, researcher, and advocate for people with disabilities.