MISCO To Dedicate Whole Week To Neurodiversity

The event promises a strong lineup of neurodivergent speakers and allies from diverse sectors who will also share their personal stories and insights
BIRKIRKARA, Malta - March 14, 2024 - PRLog -- 90% of employees who are neurodivergent will never disclose the fact that they are neurodivergent for fear of stigma, abusive bullying, past experiences or threats of career damage. In Malta, lack of support towards neurodivergent employees has led to an annual absenteeism cost to Maltese businesses of between €19 to €24 million.

MISCO is launching a collaboration with several mental health NGOs, to curate a series of events for Neurodiversity Week 2024. Themed 'The Lived Experiences' this pioneering celebration aims to provide a platform for neurodivergent voices, fostering understanding, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace.

"The Neurodiversity Week initiative marks a significant step towards a more inclusive professional world for neurodivergent persons. But the first important step in tackling neurodivergence is to understand what the term means," says Andrew Zammit Manduca, misco's Neurodiversity Consultant and Inclusion Specialist who is organising the event.

Neurodivergence, albeit not falling under the medical umbrella, encompasses individuals with variations in their mental functions and includes conditions like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurological or developmental conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

"The aim of Neurodiversity Week 2024 is to acknowledge and value the unique contributions and possibilities that neurodivergent individuals can bring to the table and is an invitation to listen to the voices of those whose personal and professional journeys illuminate the path of neurodiversity in the workplace," added Mr Zammit Manduca.

'Neurodiversity Week 2024 - The Lived Experiences' will be held between the 18th and 22nd of March. The programme, compiled in consultation with various mental health NGOs will feature a series of webinars, seminars, workshops, and training sessions designed around the actual needs and experiences of neurodivergent individuals.

The event promises a strong lineup of neurodivergent speakers and allies from diverse sectors who will also share their personal stories and insights. These include Andrew Zammit Manduca and Nicky Farrugia amongst others.

The week's agenda of events will include a webinar and panel discussion to explore neurodiversity's value in the workplace, a seminar through which mental health professionals will gain insights on supporting neurodivergent clients, training sessions led by a neurodivergent professional on strategies to enhance the executive function of neurodivergent employees and a workshop for HR managers on how to implement neuro-inclusive policies to foster a more inclusive work environment.


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