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Neurodiversity Toolkit

Neurodiversity-smart businesses are better businesses.

Welcome to BDF’s Neurodiversity Toolkit, supported by Microsoft. The resources in this toolkit are available to all Business Disability Forum Members and Partners. To find out if your organisation is a Business Disability Forum Member, visit our membership page.

Imagine having to handwrite all your work with your non-dominant hand. You cannot use shorthand or any other shortcuts or technology. Or imagine having to read everything reversed as in mirror-writing, but without the mirror. You are the only person in the team who has to work like this.

What about wearing shoes and gloves all day that are a couple of sizes too big? How about reciting the alphabet backwards as other people are talking to you and distracting you?

This Toolkit gives a brief overview of the main neurodiverse conditions, what language to use, some of the barriers people face, and suggestions of adjustments many neurodiverse people find useful.


The Toolkit is divided into four main sections:

  • Fundamentals of neurodiversity – What neurodiversity is, how to talk about it, and assessments for neurodiverse conditions.
  • Guidance for people managers – What organisation-wide barriers people with neurodiverse conditions can face and how to address them, including workplace adjustments.
  • Welcoming neurodiverse customers, clients and service users – How organisations can identify and remove barriers for customers and service users with neurodiverse conditions.
  • Further information – Podcasts, case studies, legal cases and links to further information around neurodiversity.

You can view a complete contents list here or browse them below.

We have unlocked the following resources for non-Members to give an introduction to the topic:


Our sincere thanks to all those who contributed their time, expertise and content to help us create this toolkit:

  • BBC Cape
  • Santander
  • PwC
  • HSBC
  • Oracle
  • Do-IT Profiler
  • Genius Within
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Lexxic
  • Sussex Police
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Shaw Trust
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Sainsbury’s
  • National Audit Office
  • Durham University
  • Thales.

© This Toolkit and the information therein are subject to copyright and remain the property of the Business Disability Forum. They are for reference only and must not be copied or distributed without prior permission.

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