Neurodiversity – the diversity of human brains and minds  

Shifting from disability to embracing differences 

Neurodiversity encompasses a spectrum of conditions which express themselves in various ways. At Deloitte, we want to embrace and accommodate individuals whose neurological make-up differs from the norm. This means adapting processes and expectations to create a more diverse workforce, empowering our neurodivergent teammates to excel.

Recently, we started focusing on neurodiversity—an umbrella term for conditions such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum condition (ASC). These are cognitive differences in the human brain that affect sociability, learning, attention, mood, and other mental functions.  

Deloitte is a large organisation, so it is no surprise that a number of our employees are neurodivergent. We want to grow awareness and understanding to ensure that they feel understood, appreciated, and included at Deloitte. For this reason, we created a community of neurodivergent ambassadors who are keen to develop their knowledge while making a direct impact on people’s lives by being a buddy or counselor for our neurodivergent colleagues. 

Tapping into extraordinary skills 

In August 2021, we entered into a partnership with Autimatic, a company with the mission to match employers with talented people with autism. More
than 100,000 people in the Belgian labour market have been diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum. However, over 80% of this talent pool is unemployed due to lower social skills or the absence of a context in which they can thrive.  

As part of our neurodivergent strategy, we are focusing on working with organisations like Autimatic that support us in employing people on the autism spectrum. We hope to inspire them to excel and act as a catalyst for change
across our client networks and society.

Take a moment to walk in Delphine's shoes

When we talk about fostering an inclusive culture – one that stands against non-inclusive behaviours, and champions respect for diversity – what do we really mean? We’ve sought to help everyone answer that question in a series of educational films entitled ‘Can you see me?’, which tell the stories of people from under-represented groups. Listen to Delphine’s story and take a moment to walk in her shoes.

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