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Disability & Neurodiversity

This page is a space dedicated to acknowledging the diverse range of uniqueness that make up our community. Despite being distinct diversity characteristics, a significant commonality exists between disabled and neurodivergent individuals in terms or involuntary unemployment. Additionally, they are highly intersectional diversity characteristics, and the need to mask one’s true self at work can lead to further disadvantage including mental health issues.

We firmly believe that inclusivity enriches us all and that every individual contributes uniquely to our industry. Navigating the world with a disability presents unique challenges but also profound strengths. This page is designed to foster understanding, provide resources and highlight good practice.

Case Study

zurich-insurance-logo-1.jpgZurich wants to attract and retain the best talent while making their physical and mental wellbeing a priority. They have a strong focus on neurodiversity and have shared some of the steps they have taken below. 

In 2021 Zurich was founding member of GAIN, the Group for Autism, Insurance, Investment and Neurodiversity, which supports the careers of autistic employees and potential employees, and in 2023 were the first to become a GAIN ‘Industry Transformer’

They knew that the neurodivergent colleagues within Zurich brought a strong and differentiated skillset. Working with GAIN enabled them to bring together insights from real life experiences alongside a wide range of resources – most recently a benchmarking exercise across areas such as recruitment, retention, leadership, culture and environment to highlight areas to celebrate but equally important, demonstrated areas where there is more work to be done. 

In 2023 they also announced a 3 year programme with ‘Ambitious about Autism’ to develop a national programme supporting the mental health of autistic pupils in mainstream secondary school. Linked to that, Ambitious about Autism are also developing training for Zurich's staff. You can see examples here: 

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auticon is a ground-breaking IT/ Data consultancy whose consultants all have a diagnosis of autism, and who have made great strides in boosting diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. In recent years, Zurich has worked with auticon on numerous different projects across Switzerland, the UK, and most recently with Zurich Insurance plc where teams are analysing claims data to create innovative frameworks and reporting tools. 

They have a disability focused Employee Resource Group of some 300 people, and within that a group that focuses expressly on autism. Important and  insightful reflections from some of their neurodivergent colleagues in the two articles here:


The A listers – part I        The A listers – part II