What is a Neurodiversity Champion?

A Neurodiversity Champion is someone who takes action to raise awareness of neurodiversity and helps others to appreciate the brilliance and importance of neurodiverse talent in their organisation.

Neurodiversity Champions aren’t expected to be experts in neurodivergent traits and conditions, or to diagnose them. Instead, they can provide a safe space to discuss

the strengths and challenges of having some neurodivergent conditions and traits and the impact at home and/or at work.

Anyone can be a Neurodiversity Champion. You don’t need to have personal, lived experience of neurodivergence. All you need is an appreciation and passion to promote the positive impact a neurodiverse team can have.

As a Neurodiversity Champions you will be the voice of positivity and promotion of neurodiversity and will work to create a culture of neuroinclusivity and community within the organisation.

The Neurodiversity Champions Programme

This programme is taught by the expert Do-IT team and has been certified by CPD.

“Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements.”

During the programme, we will cover:

1. Neurodiversity Awareness and Education:  

A Neurodiversity Champion raises awareness about neurodiversity by educating others about the concept, dispelling misconceptions, and challenging stereotypes. To enable you to do this, we will cover all you need to know about neurodiverse conditions including traits, co-occurrence, overlap and our neurodiverse brains. 

You will leave the programme ready to increase awareness within your organisation or team.  

2. Advocacy  

A Neurodiversity Champion advocates for the rights and needs of neurodivergent individuals, both on an individual and organisation level.  

You might work with others within your organisation, including decision makers and EDI communities to ensure equal opportunities, reasonable accommodations, and inclusive environments for neurodivergent people in your workplace. 

You will leave the programme equipped to be able to confidently advocate on behalf of your neurodivergent community. 

3. Support and Mentoring 

As a Neurodiversity Champion, you will be equipped to provide guidance and support to neurodivergent individuals and their families. Many of our colleagues may have children or others who are close to them who are navigating the neurodiversity path to find positive solutions.  Having a named Champion in the workplace can provide much needed support and guidance to signpost to resources and organisations who can help. 

This can involve discussing the potential options for mentorship, coaching, or connecting them with resources and services that cater to their specific needs.  

By fostering a supportive network, champions empower neurodivergent individuals to reach their full potential.  This is especially important in every workplace.  

4. Workplace Inclusion 

Champions play a vital role in promoting neurodiversity in the workplace.  

By collaborating with others, you can add your knowledge and expertise to ensure that your organisations policies and processes are neuroinclusive.   

This might include discussing recruitment practices and experiences of others, providing accommodations, and training programmes that support neurodivergent employees.  

By raising awareness of the strengths and unique perspectives that every neurodivergent individual brings to the workforce, champions help create diverse and thriving work environments. 

5. Collaboration and Partnerships  

Neurodiversity champions often collaborate with other organisations, advocacy groups, and professionals in the field to advance the cause of neurodiversity.  

On completion of this programme, you will become a part of the Do-IT Neurodiversity Champions Community.  The group regularly shares information on events, research initiatives, and community projects to share knowledge, exchange best practices, and drive positive change. 

Overall, a neurodiversity champion works tirelessly to create a society that embraces and values neurodivergent individuals, fostering a culture of acceptance, support, and empowerment. 

We would love to speak to you about your needs and the final content of sessions will be agreed with you following our discussion.  

What does the programme include?

Each programme will include:  

  • 1 day training delivered by a Senior Member of the Do-IT Team.  
  • Certificate of attendance for each participant​.
  • Following the programme, each Neurodiversity Champion will receive a pack of resources to use.
  • Up to 30-40 minutes follow-up session with champions for Q&A/problem solving, three months after initial training (Content can be tailored according to your needs at this point).
  • For an in-house programme, we also include 30-40 minutes of pre-planning and consultations with lead organisers to discuss selection processes and communication; and to finalise the content of the programme according to your needs.

 Outline of interactive training day: 

  • What is Neurodiversity?  What do the terms mean?​ 
  • What conditions are often considered?

  • How do they overlap with each other? 
  • How does mental health overlap with neurodivergent conditions? 
  • Getting the language right.
  • Considering communication – yours and other people’s.
  • Considering the setting as well as the person.
  • What is the role of the Neurodiversity Champion?
  • What are your limitations? Who supports you? What are the boundaries?
  • Signposting – knowing where to go for help.
  • Recognising your internal processes in your organisation. 

*Sessions are not recorded to allow free flow of information and discussion.

Want to know more?

To find out more information on the course, please contact our team today.

Awards and accreditations

Neurodiversity Aware Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2019 Disability Confident Cyber Essentials Plus Inclusive Companies Awards CPD Member Inclusive Tech Alliance Armed Forces Covenant