The Neurodiversity Compendium

Written by Theo Smith

Theo is a Welsh Wizard. After leaving his Celtic land he set out on a journey to help organisations attract more talent. This has included global executive search, RPO, in-house and recruitment marketing. He now talks on a wide variety of recruitment related subjects. He is also the podcast host for Neurodiversity – Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes

Last week I ran a lunch and learn session at NICE on Neurodiversity at work. We had a great turn out across two locations linked via video to explore this wonderful subject.

I have to say the response was great and the general feedback I’ve received has been positive. I also recognised that there is a lot of information out there and we’d all potentially benefit from pulling some of that content and information into one place.

So here I’ll have a go at doing exactly that!

Let’s start with our friends over at CIPD and their partner Uptimize for a look at Neurodiversity at work:

“Learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for organisations, and how to support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work”

This is a good detailed and informative study.

CIPD Neurodiversity at work


ACAS write on the subject of things to consider when looking at Neurodiversity in the workplace with some good hints and tips and some valuable additional resources and links.

This is a shorter article for further information and guidance.

ACAS Neurodiversity at work




Only recently Ian Cook has written for Recruiting daily on Recruiting Neurodiversity:

How Dyslexic and Autistic Minds Can Move Your Business Forward


With Richard Branson at the helm you’d expect Virgin to be keen on the subject of Neurodiversity. Here Lucy Jolin writes an article on what neurodiverse people can bring to teams.

How the Workplace Benefits from Neurodiversity


My neurodiversity journey begins here with:

An Introduction into Neurodiversity


We can start to attract a more diverse workforce, but if our assessment process is broken, and let’s face it for most of us it is! Then what are we going to do about it?

Neurodivergent Recruitment and Assessment


The challenge I find with Diversity as a whole, is the sensitivity around the subject and the fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. So here I tried to simply break down what we as ‘people’ specialists can do to get things moving.

Taking steps to make a difference


And of course, from:

A Dad’s perspective



Must watch:

ADHD and Me with Rory Bremner (2017) BBC.Documentary


This program with Rory Bremner really opened my eyes to ADHD and it was a lightbulb moment for me!


Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story | Jessica McCabe | TEDxBratislava


Jessica shares her story and she didn’t achieve her perceived potential, which is very different to my journey of never really having any potential! At least not academically.

But the important thing for me is how being neurodivergent can have an impact on mental health, because it’s an invisible challenge we face every day. Education and awareness are key to success and happiness.


Chris Packham: Aspergers & Me


“My name is Chris Packham. What you probably don’t know about me, because I’ve been hiding it most of my life, is that my brain is different than yours because I’m autistic. I’ve spent 30 years on the telly, trying my best to act normal, when really I’m anything but.”


People to follow:

Chris Packham

Naturalist, Broadcaster, Autistic and let’s face it an amazing person!



Agony Autie

Autistic presenter & advocate. Diagnosed Ehlers Danlos, POTs, Endomitriosis & PCOS




Lucy Hobbs

The Future is ND @thefutureisnd and @lucykhobbs  a neurodiversity advocate and the founder of the first ever neurodiverse network for the creative and tech industries.






Building a toolbox of techniques for tackling ADHD. Tweeting the latest research, tried techniques, and her own foibles along the way to ADHD adulthood.




Further information:

British Dyslexia Association ‘Understanding Neurodiversity, a guide to specific Learning differences’ funded by the Department for Education


ADHD Foundation


National Autistic Society


British Dyslexia Association


Dyspraxia Foundation




in just a couple of weeks I’ll be leading a session in Manchester on Neurodiversity


I’ll also be leading a Track on Neurodiversity at:

TRU London


TRU Manchester


And I expect to be doing the rounds at other key events, feel free to get in touch if you think I could help?


If you feel there is anything else we can add to this post please feel free to signpost me to the content or contact me directly to share the information.

I hope you find this useful 🙂


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