"Differently Wired": embracing Neurodiversity can be key to success

Thursday 29 November 2018

Our first session continues with another very personal story as Deborah Reber steps onto the red dot next, accompanied by an origami Pikachu.

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At age 8 her son, Asher, decided to make his origami Pikachu’s in bulk and sell to his schoolmates. What started as an imaginative and entrepreneurial idea got out of hand when others followed the same idea - sparking a price war! In the end, classroom businesses were banned altogether, which Asher thought very unfair. His response was deemed 'disruptive'.

But “The qualities that make bad disruptors as kids are often the positive qualities we hope to find in our future leaders, and society is going to need their contributions” says Deborah

By thinking about disruptors in a negative light, society does not recognsie - and can stifle - the benefit these individuals can bring at all ages and across different fields. We all know someone, or more likely more than just one person, who is Differently Wired. They move through life in their own unique way. After sharing her story in a podcast, Deborah was inundated with similar stories of parents feeling equally lonely and dealing with a society that sees Differently Wired children as negative disruptors. Based on current diagnoses one in every five people is Differently Wired.

“Diversity ​(is) the key to innovation.. focus on gender and cultural diversity, (but) many skip what I believe will be the ​biggest ​gamechanger — neurodiversity…​companies need differently wired people to be successful in the future”

Things are changing, more and more education models are adapting to value individualism. Companies are slowly adapting; thanks to innovators such as Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson who in themselves are considered distruptors!

But there is still more to do and Deborah leaves us with one final thought:

“How are you going to disrupt the status quo and play a role in this particular revolution? “

- written by Emily Bingham

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