Diversity Warning: The Public Health Crisis Hiding In Plain Sight [Interview with Leyla Okhai]

Leyla Okhai is the founder and CEO of Diverse Minds and co-author of an important study on neurodiversity in the workplace.

Here she shares her considerable experience with us.


Here’s some key messages from this episode:

– The public health crisis hiding in plain sight

– The “Menu” metaphor that Leyla uses to illustrate the importance of an inclusive workplace

– The relationship between neuro diversity and the business case for diversity

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Here’s some key takeaways from this episode:

The Public Health Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight

“Why aren’t we looking at the systemic issues and what is causing mental ill health within the workplace”

The Negative Bias of Mental Health

“I see someone running for physical health and for mental health I might see something blank or not really see anything or some people jump to diagnosis”

Neurodiversity: The Stick vs. the Carrot

“Legally you have to put reasonable adjustments, workplace adjustments in, for an individual in a timely fashion…”

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– A challenge for you to consider

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Here’s some resources so you can go deeper:

Leyla Okhai on Linkedin 

Diverse Minds Twitter 

Diverse Minds Facebook group 

Fiona Daniel 

Sonia Meggie

Business in the Community (BITC)

Workplace Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties—Productivity, Engagement and Well-Being Article

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 

Temple Grandin

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