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Foothold developing ‘Differently Wired’ hub for people living with neurodiverse conditions

Proud to be empowering neurodiverse people in the engineering community.

We’re excited to announce that Foothold, with funding from Neptune Energy, is developing an online neurodiversity support hub to celebrate the strengths that community members with neurodiverse conditions bring to engineering.

As we look to support even more engineers and their families following an incredibly successful year in 2020-21, work is now underway to design and launch a brand-new ‘Differently Wired’ hub, which will provide support and advice to those in the engineering community who live with neurodiverse conditions.

Neptune Energy have generously donated £8,500 to Foothold to fund the initial development of the hub, as part of our expanding support in this area.

The hub will offer free, on-demand access to expert content and resources on a range of neurodiverse conditions – including autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia – providing a useful source of information for engineers and their families, whether they’re looking to receive a diagnosis, have been recently diagnosed, or simply want to learn more about neurodiversity.

Moreover, employers will be able to unlock the talent of their neurodivergent workforce through dedicated guides and resources designed to inform and educate on neurodiversity in the workplace.

Foothold CEO Jane Petit said:

“We’re proud to celebrate the unique contributions made to engineering by people with neurodiverse conditions and recognise the challenges they can face day to day. Research has confirmed that there is an increased incidence of neurodiversity in engineers and their dependants, with some members of our community finding studying and working difficult to navigate.

That’s why we want to make information on neurodiverse conditions as accessible as possible. We’re incredibly grateful to Neptune Energy for their support to help us develop this innovative online platform to help engineers explore our ‘Differently Wired’ world.”

Mark Richardson, of Neptune Energy, added:

“Foothold’s plans perfectly align with Neptune’s efforts to support the development of skilled engineers who can contribute greatly to our business, the wider industry and to the energy transition.

“Our partnership will help provide quality educational tools and resources and support engineers and their families.”

The hub will be ready to launch later this year. In the meantime, you can check out our Wellbeing Hub, which offers on-demand access to clinically validated resources to help you improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Join for free here.

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