Support for neurodivergent staff
Information, support and guidance for neurodivergent staff
Internal sources of support
The Staff Disability Advisor offers advice, support and guidance to any member of disabled staff, including those with neurodivergent conditions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact her for advice on what support is available to you both within the University and externally, and what reasonable adjustments you might benefit from.
The Occupational Health Service can also provide support and advice. They are not currently able to undertake diagnoses, but they can advise on the options available to you.
The Disabled Staff Network offers peer support and a space to share experiences and seek advice.
The Neurodiversity at Oxford project, launched in 2021, supports, celebrates and empowers neurodivergent staff and students. The first project of its kind at the University, it offers staff and students a wide range of events and activities, providing information, support and opportunities to build social and professional networks. The project also offers mentoring to neurodivergent graduate students and staff.
Watch a recording of two presentations from the EDI Hub event 'Neurodiversity in the Workplace'. The first presentation is about the support available to neurodivergent staff in Oxford and the second presentation provides an overview of the Neurodiversity at Oxford project.
Any adjustments need to be made with the individual’s needs in mind – there is no ‘one size fits all’. However, common adjustments for neurodivergent staff include:
- Flexible working, including working from home
- Agreed regular workstation / no hot desking
- Specific adjustments to office lighting/ventilation
- Noise cancelling headphones
- Agreed methods of communicating with manager and colleagues
- Amended work duties
- More regular supervision
External sources of support
Access to Work can provide funding for software, equipment and other specialist support as well as travel to work for neurodivergent staff.
Genius Within offers coaching and specialist support to help you perform at your best at work and make the most of your strengths.
Lexxic is a specialist psychology consultancy that works with individuals, teams and organisations to create neuro-inclusive workplaces and enable neurodivergent staff to flourish.
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families, providing expert advice, training and conferences, and an online community where you can meet like-minded people.
Autism Oxford offers peer support, mentoring, coaching and diagnostic assessments, as well as workplace based assessments to provide advice on reasonable adjustments to help autistic staff.
There are more useful links in our external resources section
- Read more about Neurodivergence and support available
- Read more about disability support available to students and staff
- Find IT resources to help you