Research & Insights on neurodiversity:
We began with some initial desk research with the goal of defining precisely what neurodiversity meant. We mapped out every condition classified as neurodiverse, representation in the population, and defining characteristics. We wanted our intervention to solve not for a specific neurodiversity, but rather a cluster of characteristics. Taking this approach would ensure our solution was designed with inclusivity at the forefront and remove any possibility of labels.
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We conducted interviews with eight neurodiverse individuals to uncover insights into what it means to be neurodiverse and the problems they face around their finances. Additionally, we turned to our subject matter experts (SMEs) not only for their expertise but also for their own experiences as neurodiverse individuals. Furthermore, we aimed to learn how to better engage with a community that thinks and communicates differently.
Our exploration revealed that external stimuli like sound and sight could be overwhelming and overstimulating for most neurodiverse individuals. If sound and visual cues, such as light, are not used correctly, a neurodiverse person may feel uncomfortable in an environment that feels safe to the rest of us.
Another challenge we identified with neurodiverse individuals was related to information processing. They tend to have a poor working memory, making it difficult for them to deal with large sets of numbers and understand information that they read or is being passed on to them.
We believe that if we care for sensory fit and provide information in a way neurodiverse people can understand, it will help reduce sensory overloads and aid in information processing