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Carlene Jackson has called for greater awareness around neurodiversity in the workplace, as featured in an article in DiversityQ.

Businesses should recruit people with dyslexia to help them ‘think outside the box and innovate, Carlene said in advance of Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs 3 – 9 October and has the theme: ‘Breaking Through Barriers’.

Carlene Jackson, CEO of Brighton-based tech company Cloud9 Insight – who is herself dyslexic –  says embracing neurodiversity is key to success in the workplace.

She points to other highly successful entrepreneurs and business owners, such as Sir Richard Branson, Anita Roddick and Lord Alan Sugar, who are similarly dyslexic.

It is estimated that 15% of the UK’s population has a neurodivergent condition, including ADHD, autism, dyspraxia and dyslexia. Meanwhile, unemployment for neurodiverse people runs as high as 30-40%, eight times that of the rest of the population.

“Bringing neurodiverse people, such as someone with dyslexia, into the room where strategic decisions are made makes sense from both a business and an inclusivity perspective.

“For me, breaking through barriers is about including people who think differently in your workplace. On a personal level, someone who has dyslexia themselves getting a seat at the table and being heard is what it’s all about.”

The full article can be read here

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