“Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace”

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We are living in a time of increased numbers of neurodivergents and awareness about ADHD, Dyslexia, Autistic and others neurological states. In fact, 1 in 8 people are considered neurodiverse but fewer than 50% know it. Neurodivergents tend to be high energy, out of the box thinkers, excel in a crisis, and be bold problem solvers, but navigating the modern workplace can be a challenge. Not only is designing space to be inclusive the right thing to do, there is a compelling business case for it as well. Space today needs to reflect the diverse makeup of organization’s to set all up for success.This report investigates how organizations can rethink their space to be more inclusive and to help an increasingly neurodiverse workforce thrive—and in the process gain a competitive advantage.




As part of HOK’s ongoing exploration of this topic and its implications for the workplace, we have compiled this summary of trends around neurodiversity. Over the next decade, four broad trends related to neurodiversity will reshape the work environment. This report summarizes the potential workplace implications of technological advancements, demographic developments and environmental changes, an increased focus on health and well-being, and the fast pace of change and organizational business models.

And if you want more background in to neurodiverse conditions and design strategies to create more inclusive spaces, we recommend the article written for WorkDesign magazine.

Latest research on hypo and hyper sensitivities:

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Additional outside resources the focus on the topic:  

  • And here is a piece that highlights why this issue is so important. 

  • Also, here is a 60 Minutes clip about hiring people on the spectrum:

  • And a podcast on neurodiversity: 

  • And an article about “Why remote working could actually help fix some diversity problems.”