#AccessDeniedDiaries by Rebekah

I was in training at a new job and, because I have a neurodiverse disability, I couldn't learn properly in the employer's neurotypical environment.

I ended up in tears, feeling overwhelmed a lot of the time, and getting frustrated with the trainer. I felt stupid, even though I'm actually the opposite - I'm smart and a good learner in the right setting. I eventually disclosed my disability to the manager after we had finished the training. The manager was was nice enough about it, but he didn't know what to do because there was no company policy or advice for the management of neurodiverse people. 

I believe that employers need to provide various ways to learn. Not everyone's learning style is the same. Alternatively, employers need to make it very clear that they support neurodiverse individuals. I have seen a new initiative - similar to the rainbow tick - called the brain badge. If employers could consider endorsing their company with the brain badge, then at least neurodiverse people will know where they can work without being judged.



This is a story about the barriers many face. We're sharing it because we want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

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