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Neurodiversity can be a workplace strength, if we make room for it

By Miriam Moeller, Senior Lecturer, International Business, The University of Queensland
Dana L. Ott, Lecturer, International Management, University of Otago
Emily Russo, Industry Fellow, The University of Queensland
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Emma can recognise patterns within complex code. James can develop several different solutions when faced with complicated problems. But it is unlikely either will find a job where they can put their specialist skills to work — or any job, actually.

Emma has dyslexia. James has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These conditions mean communicating can be a challenge, particularly in a stressful situation such as a job interview. They may also find it difficult to work in a typical office environment with noise and bright lights.

But often the…

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