Sir Robert Buckland calls on businesses to join Neurodiversity in Business charity

By Barrie Hudson - 18 November 2022

Charity
  • Sir Robert Buckland, left, with charity founder Dan Harris

    Sir Robert Buckland, left, with charity founder Dan Harris

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland is calling for all businesses to join forces with charity Neurodiversity in Business.

The move is part of his work to close the employment gap for autistic people and other neurodivergent individuals.

Sir Robert met Dan Harris, founder and CEO of Neurodiversity in Business (NIB), in Westminster and was very impressed by the progress the organisation is making.

Neurodiversity in Business was set up to improve the life chances of neurodivergent employees. The charity is successfully bringing businesses together to collaborate and fully focus on the topic of neurodiversity, for their benefit, for the benefit of neurodivergent employees, and also for the benefit of society as a whole.

Sir Robert said: “During my time as an MP, I have campaigned hard for the rights of those with autism and other neurodivergent individuals, so it was great to meet Dan to further discuss the charity’s work.

“With only two out of 10 adults with autism in employment, that is a shocking gap that we need to fill, and that is why I am urging all businesses to join Neurodiversity in Business.

“It is a great network that shares best practice and enables businesses to recruit and retain people with those incredible neurodiverse skills and conditions that I believe will make our employment market an even richer and better one.

“Please get involved and join Neurodiversity in Business.”

Dan Harris said: “The mission of Neurodiversity in Business is to nurture and bring together large corporates to introduce much-needed change, whilst sharing valuable industry practices on ND recruitment, retention and empowerment. 

“This industry forum is led, for the first time, by neurodivergent experts and those with direct experience of neurodiversity from across the business community. 

"Businesses have an opportunity and duty to help develop a more inclusive workplace by fostering a corporate environment which reflects the communities they seek to serve, where neurodivergent people are understood and form an invaluable part of the work culture.”

Over 500 of the biggest organisations globally have already joined Neurodiversity in Business and the charity is making meaningful progress.

Further information can be found at https://neurodiversityinbusiness.org/

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