Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workforce
Thursday, 27 April 2023 | 9:30am – 4:30pm AEST | Online
As a team leader, The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 1 in 8 people are neurodivergent (including autistic, dyslexic, and on the spectrum) and that 34% of the community is unemployed.
As more companies realise that neurodiversity boosts productivity, this will change. Neurodivergent employees are also helping the public sector solve issues (including but not limited to Services Australia and the ADF).
Other research suggests neurodivergent employees improve team morale, pay more attention to detail, solve problems more creatively, and work harder than neurotypical employees.
Public service and workplaces often struggle to manage neurodiversity. This event will help managers empower neurodivergent staff by adapting processes, systems, and communications. Create a neurodivergent-friendly workplace.
Who Should Attend
This course is designed for directors, managers, leads and officers, in charge of transforming all three levels of government including:
Organisational Development, Recruitment
Inclusion and Diversity,
HR Business Partners
How to increase accessibility in your workplace and
Understand cultural safety and inclusion in the workplace
Learn the different types of neurodivergence
Unpack the why of neuro-divergent employment, within the organisational context
Meet Your Facilitator
Executive, Employment and Well-Being
Alex is passionate about education, learning and development to promote success for individuals, teams, organisations and society. Experienced in learning and leadership development across Australia, the UK and Africa in both tertiary and corporate sectors and interested in the how of great leadership within the context of country, culture, and organisation.
She works with employers to build their capacity to employ Autistic people through developing and delivering resources on autism positive employment – from executive strategic alignment, through line management and HR capability building across the employee life cycle, to peer and team member education.
Diversity and Inclusion – Autism Employment Lead
Peter Sim is the Diversity and Inclusion – Autism Employment Lead, at Amaze. His background includes teaching and training, external and internal recruitment, graduate employability, and supporting development of work-readiness for Autistic people and individuals with disability. Peter is interested in engaging with organisations to journey through change and capacity building to improve and sustain access and inclusion for new and existing Autistic employees. He is studying career development, and curious about the diversity of thought, culture and identity.
- What is Neurodiversity
- Understand what is meant by neurodiverse and neurodivergent
- Discussing the what neurodivergence and neurodivergent mean in the context of the workplace
- Unpacking common misconceptions surrounding neurodiversity
- Understanding the Experience of Neurodivergence
- What does it mean to be neurodivergent?
- Understand the diversity of the experience of neurodivergenceUnderstand the social model of disability
- Learn the importance of strengths-based language when working with neurodivergent teams
Neurodiversity and Autism in the Workplace
- The 4 Principles of A+ employment
- Understand the four principles to enable an Autism Positive work environment
- Learn how to facilitate communication, management, and development of staff
- Develop a positive approach for the team and organisation
- Understand well-being and impact on productivity
- The role of the Executive function in facilitating and enabling inclusion and excellence through diversity
- Understanding co-occurrence and its impact in the workplace and inter-personal relationships
- What is Masking?
Engagement and Development
- Building engagement within mixed neurotype teams
- The importance of effective communication
- Unpacking the impact Sensory Processing
- How to navigate and facilitate change in mixed neurotype workplaces
- Modifications and adjustments
- Recognise and discuss the individuality of Autistic support needs and success factors across the employee life cycle
- Introduce the IEST tool
Developing an Inclusive Neurodiverse Workplace
Workshop: Applying the 4 principles of A+ employment in your workplace
- In this interactive group activity you will apply the principles and practices that you have learned during the training with the aim of
- Developing a neuroinclusive and safe workplace
- Setting up an action plan and milestones
- Commitments and next steps