Standing Behind Beliefs And Criteria For Neurodiversity Inclusion


Andrew Komarow


June 29, 2022

Standing Behind Beliefs is one of the criteria used by The Neurodiversity Index. The criteria for the Index are the parameters that we use to determine the top companies in commitment to Neurodiversity Inclusion for workers and consumers. In this series of posts, we will be highlighting one of the eight criteria we use to measure that commitment. We recently discussed Advancing Neurodivergent Leadership. Today we will be discussing the criteria of Standing Behind Beliefs.

This is how the Neurodiversity Index measures commitment to official programs that create neurodiversity inclusion. To do well on this criteria a company must have devoted money, time, and resources to building official programs that focus on neurodiversity inclusion. An example is programs designed to hire and retain neurodivergent workers. These companies have made a point of not only spreading the word that they support neurodiverse initiatives but also taking action. They have also advocated for others to stand with them, and they aren’t afraid to take a stand for their beliefs in neurodiversity inclusion.

We are looking for more than just good PR campaigns and companies that say the right things. Having beliefs is one thing, but we are looking for companies who commit to and stand by their beliefs. This criterion is admittedly broad, but this is because standing behind beliefs is vital to every single neurodiversity inclusion effort a company takes. For instance, we recently discussed the criteria of Advancing Neurodivergent Leadership and that is an important effort toward neurodiversity inclusion. But without the dedication and commitment to the money, time, and effort it takes to train and support new neurodivergent leadership they may not be successful. Neurodiverse hiring programs need to be properly funded and employee resource groups need to have an actual influence on company-wide decisions. Following through always comes down to actually standing behind the beliefs that started their neurodiversity inclusion efforts.

Regardless of how a company claims they support and will aid the neurodiverse community, how effective they are is directly correlated to how much they commit to what they say. We need companies that understand the importance of inclusion efforts and show that understanding by following through. For company-wide efforts, we know what following through looks like, it looks like standing behind your stated beliefs with money, time, and actual changes to how the company operates.

Saying the right things and backing those words up with actions is how genuine change is made. Actions can come in a lot of forms, and we’ve seen most of them, but backing them up is about simple commitment. It’s the type of real commitment we are looking for. Because of this, Standing Behind Beliefs is one of the eight criteria used by The Neurodiversity Index.

You can learn more about The Neurodiversity Index, including the other criteria we use here.

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