Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week (NCW) is here and Telent has organised a number of activities and events to include everyone.

Around 15-20 per cent of the population have a neurological difference and every neurodivergent individual has a unique pattern of strengths and abilities. When it comes to neurodiversity the approach is often centred on diagnosis or labels, which means that the focus is on the challenges rather than the many strengths and talents of neurodiverse individuals.

The aim of this week is to educate, provide guidance, and challenge stigmas to celebrate the strengths and talents of neurodivergent individuals and the positives of a diverse team.

Today (16 March), Telent hosted a Live Talk with guest speaker, Dr. Sally Finnie. Sally is a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology who has worked with neurodiverse adults for the last 10 years.

Across the week, we have also been hearing personal stories from our colleagues around the business.

Every autistic journey is beautiful and unique

I’m Jemma, Commercial Manager in Telent’s Legal and Commercial Team. I’ve been with Telent for nearly nine years now, negotiating contracts and helping teams with in-life project issues for Transport and Network Services.

I’ve been on the fringes of neurodiversity for a while; I have a nephew and brother-in-law who are both autistic. However, I didn’t come to properly understand neurodiversity until I had my first child in 2016, a little girl we named Chloe. She was different from the get-go as she didn’t sleep a wink…. ever! I’d always noticed she was less social than my friends’ babies, always watching – never participating. She was happy so I thought nothing of it.

It’s just a different path

I’m Jo and I head up the Network Services Procurement Team which includes IT, Nuclear, and TIS. I specialise in procurement for major Software and Engineering transformation projects, but I also have wide general procurement category experience.

In primary school my son was diagnosed with high functioning Autism and ADHD and referred to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

Celebrating neurodiversity benefits everyone

I’m Laura, Learning and Development Manager within the wider HR Team at Telent. I support the People Strategy through new starter inductions, management and leadership development programmes, and embedding our Values and Behaviours across the business.

Our son Noah who is now nine, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and anxiety in Spring 2022. This would have previously been termed ‘Asperger’s’, which relates to more high-functioning autism, but is now not a term used so commonly. When we were initially referred to the psychiatrist, Noah was assessed for both autism and ADHD, as he displayed many of the traits from both neurodivergent conditions.

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