In this interview with Corporate Counsel Business Journal, Anthony Pacilio of CAI Neurodiverse Solutions discusses the benefits of neurodiversity, a term that encompasses the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, among other conditions.

According to Pacilio, who is neurodivergent himself, “CAI brings neurodiversity into the workplace, but in a way that solves complex business challenges so there’s a return on investment for the organization while individuals gain meaningful employment.” For example, he says, neurodivergent individuals do well in analyzing data, problem solving, pattern recognition, creative thinking, and attention to detail. That is beneficial in numerous fields beyond IT, which tends to get the lion’s share of attention, including finance, legal, and healthcare. CAI assists companies in identifying candidates and bringing them into the workplace in a way that solves business problems and delivers strong ROI while people gain meaningful employment. And the diversity benefits are considerable. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen a mass implementation of DEI initiatives, but the conversation has always been about gender, race, and ethnicity,” Pacilio says. “Even as organizations, including large law firms, add chief diversity officers, the neurodiversity piece has been somewhat overlooked. Now neurodiversity has a seat at the table.” Read more about neurodiversity at CCBJ.