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Disability & Neurodiversity

With a mix of desk, field and lab-based research and teaching conducted at UCL Institute of the Americas, there can be many challenges for disabled and neurodiverse students and staff to navigate. It is our responsibility as a department to ensure that students and staff are not disadvantaged in undertaking their studies or day-to-day jobs.

Up to 25% of people exhibit some form of neurodivergence. If you would like more information, UCL has a Neurodivergent Staff Network. If you are uncertain what constitutes Neurodiversity, you can read A Beginner’s Guide to Neurodiversity on the Learning Disability Today website.

In 2018 UCL launched ACT: Agreement of Consistent Treatment, a tool to record the reasonable adjustments and flexible working arrangements agreed between an employee and their line manager.  Some employees may feel anxious raising requests for reasonable adjustments with their managers – it is hoped the ACT will ease that anxiety as it is evidence of UCL’s commitment to equality and inclusion. Likewise, some managers may be anxious discussing issues that they feel are personal to the employee. The ACT provides a template to facilitate such discussions

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