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Jonathan Trott talks about thinking differently and neurodiversity

Author: ICAEW Insights

Published: 26 Jul 2021

We speak to the ex-England cricketer, Professor Amanda Kirby and ICAEW’s Richard Spencer about how we all think and process information in unique ways, and what chartered accountants can do to support neurodiverse teams.

We each typically have around 64 billion brain cells, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we all think and process information differently, argues Professor Amanda Kirby, founder of Do-It Solutions, a neurodiversity consultancy.

Neurodiversity describes this wide variety of thinking and processing, and while most people are broadly neurotypical, individuals with neurodivergent conditions such as autism or ADHD have neurological traits that are less common.

Organisations and teams of all kinds can benefit when people with different ways of thinking are brought together, but often there are barriers that prevent this from happening.

Watch our video to learn more about neurodiversity, with cricket as an example. 

We examine how chartered accountants can encourage neurodiverse thinking and engage people with neurodivergent conditions in their own or their clients’ organisations, as part of wider efforts to support diversity and inclusion.

You can learn more about neurodiversity and the accountancy profession by reading our article How to encourage neurodiversity in your organisation

Visit the When Chartered Accountants Save the World hub for more analysis on how chartered accountants can support diversity and inclusion