Friday, September 29, 2017

This Company's Tips For Promoting Cognitive Diversity In The Workplace - FORBES

by Kara Stiles
Originally published: September 28, 2017

Ultra Testing is a software testing company founded by two MIT engineers in 2013, but its staff doesn’t just focus on browsers and bugs. They're committed to neurodiversity, a term used to advocate for the inclusion of people who think and communicate differently—like those with autism or ADHD.

The idea behind Ultra emerged when cofounder Rajesh Anandan’s wife, a child psychologist, observed an uptick in kids on the autism spectrum at her clinic and wondered why therapists and educators focused more on addressing weaknesses rather than nurturing strengths. Anandan considered how to change this: “It was that simple idea of, what if we could turn the table and focus on strengths and develop systems and tools to make the weaknesses not be barriers or disadvantages in the workplace. What would be possible?”