Enhance EDI Strategies: Embrace Learning Differences in the Workplace

In the evolving landscape of Canadian workplaces, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategies have become essential to ensure that all employees receive fair support and opportunities. However, a recent survey by The Harris Poll (2022) highlights a significant gap: while 40% of Canadian businesses have EDI strategies, only 4% consider employees with disabilities. Even fewer address “invisible” learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. With at least 1 in 10 Canadians having a learning difference, this oversight creates inequitable workplaces for many.  

If your organization’s EDI strategy does not include neurodivergence, it is time for an update.  

Here is how you can make your workplace more inclusive:  

1. Update Your EDI Strategy to Include Learning Differences 

  • Individualized Accommodations: A one-size-fits-all approach ignores individuals’ unique needs. The goal should be to provide the space and support that best addresses each team member’s learning needs.  
  • Inclusive Statements: Explicitly include learning differences in your inclusivity statement to attract diverse talent who may have learning differences.   
  • Accessible Instructions: Distribute written and audio instructions to accommodate various learning styles.  
  • Workstations: Ensure individuals who need them can access quiet places to work.   
  • Diverse Demonstrations: Incorporate visual, aural, and tactile demonstrations into directions to accommodate different learning preferences.  
  • Assistive Technology: Assign computers with voice output and spelling and grammar checkers to support those with learning differences.   
  • Environmental Considerations: Be aware of factors that distract people. Avoid placing easily distracted individuals near high-traffic areas, and consider the placement of seats, windows, and doors.  

2. Schedule LDS Workshops for Your Workplace! 

LDS offers workshops tailored to equip individuals, organizations, and businesses with the knowledge and information necessary to support and advocate for individuals with learning differences. Our most popular experiential workshop, Walk A Mile in My Shoes (WAMMS), uses simulations and exercises to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the emotional, social, and behavioural impact of learning differences.  

Enhance your EDI strategy and ensure equitable support for all employees. Contact us today to schedule a workshop and learn more about our services! 

Katherine Withnall, Development Officer

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