The Importance of Neuro-diversity

A book by Veronica Roth

A book by Veronica Roth

Neuro-diversity- Wikipedia defines neuro-diversity as:  “…an idea which asserts that atypical (neuro-divergent) neurological development is a normal human difference that is to be recognized and respected as any other human variation.”   

A few years ago, the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth burst onto the literary scene in both a series of books and as a series of movies. Set in the future, the story tells of a culture where young teens are tested and assigned their career path in life. The main character is “divergent”- and this multifaceted profile is despised by the culture. She hides her differences as long as she can. While the series goes to an extreme to make a point, the theme is that neurodiversity is good for a society. Our teams and communities function better, and life experience is richer, when we don’t all think and respond in the same way.

As the Mind Shift Employment Services Manager for the Twin Cities office, I have the pleasure of working with individuals who share their neuro-diversity with me and the businesses with whom they work. They sees things and experience life differently. That is the key. Specialists’ brains do work differently, and this is a strength in the world of work. This neuro-diversity manifests itself in many ways, and provides a richness within a team that doesn’t exist when everyone is thinking in exactly the same ways. Businesses stop living with problems, and new, innovative solutions are created. The creative synergy is electrifying.

As MInd Shift in the Twin Cities starts its second year of operation, Specialists who are working in various companies have proven over and over again that we when we embrace the neuro-diversity that they bring, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.