Systemic inclusion – and how it helps everyone

Systemic inclusion is removing barriers that prevent people accessing what they need. That might be a service, a workplace, or even the job itself.

I use it here in the context of neurodiversity. How can you implement systemic inclusion so that people with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia can access what you need?

The benefits to you of systemic inclusion are huge. You’ll get the most talented employees. You won’t get sued for discrimination. And by making changes that include everyone, you’ll be saving money, by not having to re-do your process for every individual.

But the biggest benefit is what my diagram shows above (the text description is below). Systemic inclusion aimed at neurodiverse people actually benefits a huge range of people – from other minorities to normal people who have other things going on in their lives.

You’re welcome to download and share the graphic wherever you like, provided you don’t make any changes to it. And hopefully we can get the positive message about systemic inclusion to a few more people!

Text description of the image

The diagram shows a small circle containing the words:

  • ADHDers
  • Dyslexics
  • Autistics

There’s an arrow pointing to it with the words “Who you think it helps”. This circle is within a much larger circle, which has the words:

  • People caring for elderly relatives
  • Those with mental health issues
  • Ethnic / cultural minorities
  • Busy and overwhelmed people
  • People with physical or sensory impairments
  • LGBTQIA+ people
  • Women
  • Working parents
  • People who have to wait in for the boiler man who said he’d be here at 2 but hasn’t turned up yet.

Next to this large circle is an arrow with the words “Who it actually helps.”

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