With the increased awareness of ADHD and Neurodiversity in the workplace, more and more companies are considering to designing inclusive office spaces.

It's about time, as about 20 % of the workforce are neurodivergent: adults with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, Gifted and other differences in how the brain is wired.

Some people might ask if it's worth the effort to redesign a whole office or work space for the minority of neurodivergent employees. Luckily, experts have a very clear answer to that.

Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Architecture, a pioneer in the field and honored with the Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Award, says:

"When we design for Autism, we design for everyone."

She has identified 7 design guidelines, that are not only meeting the needs of employees on the Spectrum, but are beneficial for neurodivergent and every other coworker as well.

So, what makes a newly designed workspace not only shiny and new but truly neuroinclusive? Let's take a look at a few important aspects.

Not a surprise: On top of the list is how to manage noise and other sensory input like light and temperature. The answer are different kinds of spaces, furniture and devices that allow for sensory seeking, sensory avoiding, as well as sensory regulation, as Magda Mostafa explains.

Equally important is the design of the workspace that sequences the space logically and predictably according to typical activities that are carried out in the course of the day. Picture more of a spacial flow instead of running back and forth.

Transitioning between the spaces is another key aspect, providing enough room to move and accommodate those who like to walk while speaking or need to stretch in between.

At work, we want to feel physically safe which is usually taken care of but also psychologically safe. That of course includes how positive and inclusive the company culture is. And it can mean to provide spaces and furniture that allow escape from overwhelm.

And all of that sounds like a great work environment for every single person who's working there, isn't it?

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