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D&I Weekly News Round-Up: Empathy, Neurodiversity and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about the importance of empathy, new Snapchat lenses to celebrate International Week of the Deaf, a business case for supporting neurodiversity at work, and an inspiring triathlete with autism.
Caroline Berns

Compliance Officer – Leadership & Culture

Compliance Officer – Leadership & Culture

Empathy & Leadership

We know that having empathy is an important skill for leaders, but new research shows how critical it actually is, especially now during the pandemic. Empathy can benefit not only inclusivity and work-life balance at work, but also impact other areas like innovation and retention. Read more here.


Approximately 15% to 20% of the global population are neurodiverse (which includes ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia), and some studies are estimating even higher numbers. A lot of workplaces are not catering for people with neurodiversity though – good article summarizing the challenges and what employers can do to support.


Every year, International Week of the Deaf is celebrated during the last full week of September. Social media platform Snapchat is marking the week with a new feature - augmented reality lenses that can teach users how to fingerspell using ASL (American Sign Language).

Autism Awareness

Sam Holness, who calls himself “a triathlete who just happens to have autism”, just competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Utah. He is the first known autistic triathlete ever in this event, and is hoping to inspire others and raise awareness. Read about it here (or watch this video from last year, where he was hoping to one day compete in the World Championship…).

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