Normalizing neurodiversity in the workplace: a call to leaders

Denis Boudreau
8 min readApr 26, 2023
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I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention lately, but there’s been a growing shift in recent years towards recognizing the importance of accommodating and welcoming neurodiversity in the workplace.

If you’ve been wondering, “neurodiversity” is a now agreed upon umbrella term that refers to a set of different brain wirings or natural variations in the human brain, that include conditions such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and dyslexia, as well as Tourette’s syndrome and a few others.

Despite the prevalence and growing recognition of these conditions in society lately, people who are so wired are still often stigmatized, especially in the workplace. As a result, they end up regularly facing more than their fair share of challenges and stigma, especially when it comes to finding their place and getting to contribute to the full extent of their potential.

I strongly feel like this is something that needs to change. We, as leaders in organizations, need to start having more open, direct, and respectful conversations meant to normalize neurodiversity, especially when it comes to the people that are part of our workforce, and those who choose to do business with us.

And so, in this week’s post, I’d like to explore some of the reasons why it matters for workplaces to be inclusive of neurodiverse individuals, and why organizations need to care about this from a business, economic, and societal standpoint. We’ll also wrap up with some strategies and recommendations that leaders such as yourselves can easily implement, to create more inclusive workplaces for all of your employees and peers.

Sounds like a good plan? Then let’s get started.

Neurodiversity inclusion as a game changer for businesses

Let’s begin by looking at some of the reasons why neurodiversity inclusion needs to become a much bigger deal within our organizations.

First, from a purely self-serving business standpoint, there are quite a few reasons why being more inclusive of neurodiversity is essential. For one, by the very nature of their wiring, neurodiverse individuals bring unique perspectives and strengths to the workplace. As an…

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Denis Boudreau

Helping leaders connect with the missing piece in their DEI efforts. Amazon BestSelling Author “The Inclusive Speaker". Speaker/Trainer/Coach. #neurodivergent