Women, Neurodiversity and Reasonable Adjustments

12 March 2024 12:00pm–1:30pm

Led by our National Disabled Members Committee, and in the run-up to International Women’s Day, this webinar will hear from UNISON women members living with neurodiversity and autism. This is an opportunity to find out first-hand how reasonable adjustments at work can help neurodiverse women to achieve their potential.

Neurodiverse women still don’t get the support they need in the workplace because of outdated and sexist stereotypes. UNISON is campaigning to dismantle these myths.

What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the idea that we all think and communicate in different ways – and we all have strengths and weaknesses. However people who are “neurodivergent” often have more noticeable differences in how they think and communicate, compared to those people who are more “neurotypical”.

Neurodivergence is a broad umbrella term that is often used to describe people who have autism, attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder (ADD and ADHD), dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia, and other related differences.

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people in the UK have some kind of neurodifference and they often face discrimination in the workplace.

Some neurodivergent people will be considered disabled under the Equality Act and Disability Discrimination Act (NI) and therefore there is a duty on employers to provide reasonable adjustments.

This webinar is open to all UNISON members, to register for a place please complete and submit the following form:

Women and Neurodiversity March 2024

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