Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workforce

Thursday, 10 August to Friday, 11 August 2023 | 9:00am – 12:30pm AEST | Online

Training Overview

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,
Employee Experience

Capability Development,
HR Business Partners

Learning Outcomes

Debunking myths: Understanding Neurodivergence

Creating a safe and inclusive workplace for neurodivergent team members

Improving communication strategies and using strengths-based language

Managing disclosure and understanding accomodations

Meet Your Facilitator

Lead Neuro-Inclusion Specialist

Auticon Australia & Aotearoa

In addition to being a mother of an autistic child, Meredith has 20 years’ experience working for several well know NGOs that have a focus on providing better outcomes for autistic people. Meredith is truly passionate about providing a better future for those on the spectrum and communicating the valuable contribution they can make to businesses.

Lead Neuro-Inclusion Specialist
Auticon Australia & Aotearoa

Jane has a background in Secondary Mathematics/Science teaching and a Master in Inclusive Education specializing in supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She has a 22-year-old child, who was diagnosed Autistic at age 3, and in 2020 also received an Autism diagnosis. Jane loves sharing her professional and personal understanding of Autism to promote inclusive workplace and education practices that can help to set Autistic individuals up for success.

Key Sessions

Day 1: Module 1Day 1: Module 2 Day 2: Module 3Day 2: Module 4

Understanding Neurodivergence

  • What is Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence
    • Understanding Terminology
    • Using Inclusive language
    • The benefits of Neurodiversity in the workplace
  • Understanding Neurodivergent Conditions
    • Neurodivergent conditions
    • Understanding Autism
    • Overview of other neurodivergent conditions e.g ADHD/VAST

Neurodiversity and Autism in the Workplace

  • Communication and Inclusive Language
    • Enabling inclusion
    • The role of leadership and management
    • Engagement and Communication
  • Disclosure and Knowing the Individual
    • Masking
    • Trust
    • Productivity

Modifications and Adjustments

  • Building engagement within mixed neurotype teams
    • The importance of effective communication
    • How to navigate mixed neurotype workplaces
  • Modifications and adjustments
    • Recognise and discuss the individuality of neurodivergence employees needs and success factors across the employee life cycle
    • Case studies exploring different stages and scenarios

Workshop: Developing and Action Plane

  • Workshop: Create and Action Plan to Enable Greater Neuro-Inclusion at Work
    • Developing a neuroinclusive and safe workplace
    • Setting up an action plan and milestones
    • Commitments and next steps


Early Bird 2


per person + GST
Ends on 30 Jun COB

Final Price


per person + GST

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