New initiative to help ensure greater workplace inclusion of the neurodivergent community
ANTRIM - December 8, 2022 - Texthelp, the global leader in literacy and accessibility technology today announced that it has joined the Neurodiversity in Business (NiB), an industry forum set up to support the participation of neurodivergent people in UK workplaces.
The organisation, led by Dan Harris (Chief Executive Officer) draws upon the cumulative knowledge of neurodivergent experts and leading companies to share best practice and improve the employment and experience of the neurodiverse workforce.
Speaking upon admission to NiB, Martin McKay, Texthelp Founder and CEO said:
“NiB is a great organisation to be part of and we are delighted to be supporting their efforts to highlight the importance of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace. We have a clear ESG strategy, one that focuses on our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and on continual improvement of our employee experience. We’re striving to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected because of their differences. We want to create a place where every employee can be their authentic selves. By being free to do so, they can reach their potential and help us achieve our business goals.”
“But it’s not just about us. We want to work with NiB to help spread the word even further. Our inclusion and accessibility tools are used by many blue-chip companies, government and public services departments and the third sector globally. We’re seeing many organisations making great strides towards becoming more inclusive. We want to see more employers supporting neurodivergent employees, and celebrating the strengths of different thinking just like our customers EY, KPMG, Network Rail, and Belfast Trust. Companies, big and small, are taking action to really value and support their neurodiverse employees. We love being part of their story as they work hard to make the experience at work better for everyone. "
As Texthelp joined NiB, Dan J Harris, CEO said: “We are delighted that Texthelp has become a partner of NiB. It signals their commitment to ensuring a truly inclusive workplace and a desire to strive for the best in diversity and inclusion standards. We look forward to working with Texthelp and all our members in delivering meaningful change for the neurodivergent across business.”
A selection of the forum’s founding members include: Accenture; Amazon; ARM, AstraZeneca; Capita; Google; Hiscox; IBM, Kimberly Clark; KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group; McDonalds; Metro Bank; NatWest; Network Rail; Openreach; Oracle; Orange; Prudential; Rolls Royce plc; Sky; TalkTalk; Tesco Bank; The Open University; Unilever; Virgin Media/O2 and many more.
NiB also has an array of close partnerships with leading organisations in the ND ecosystem including: Auticon; Ambitious about Autism; the ADHD Foundation; the British Dyslexia Association; Caudwell Children’s Charity; Diversity and Ability (D&A); DO-IT Profiler; Genius Within, Lexxic; National Autistic Society and many more.
Founded in 1996, the Texthelp Group is a global technology company helping people all over the world to understand and to be understood. It has led the way in creating innovative technology for the education and workplace sectors for the last three decades.
Texthelp believes in a world where difference, disability or language are no longer barriers. It is focused on helping all people learn, understand, and communicate through the use of digital education and accessibility tools.
With over 50 million users worldwide, the Texthelp suite of products includes Read&Write, Equatio®, WriQ®, OrbitNote®, ReachDeck® and FluencyTutor® which work alongside existing platforms such as Microsoft Office and G-suite, enabling them to be integrated quickly into any classroom or workplace with ease.
In 2021, Texthelp acquired the Lingit Group, Wizkids and Don Johnston Inc. By combining capabilities and knowledge across the group, Texthelp can now provide a whole suite of literacy and numeracy support to a greater number of end-users across more geographies. To learn more about Texthelp, visit www.texthelp.com.
About Neurodiversity in Business
Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) is an industry forum that seeks to improve upon loss of human capital. For the first time, UK Plc is coming together to help lead changes in this area. Led by neurodivergent experts and those with direct experience of neurodiversity from across the business community, NiB works with businesses by sharing best practice. Importantly, those who are neurodivergent are key to this organisation to ensure that NiB keeps true to the aims of the neurodivergent community.
NiB’s mission is to help develop more neuroinclusive workplaces. Whether it is ensuring a better hiring process that does not exclude neurodivergent candidates, to helping identify easy modifications to the workplace environment that can support sustainable employment opportunities. For further information as to how to join NiB, please go to www.neurodiversityinbusiness.org