Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workforce

16 & 22 November 2023 | 9:00am – 12:30pm EST | Online

Training Overview

In today’s evolving work landscape, organizations face challenges related to workforce diversity, talent shortage, and the need for innovative thinking. Embracing neurodivergent professionals could offer a solution to these issues.

By integrating neurodivergent workers, companies can tap into unique perspectives and problem-solving approaches, providing a competitive advantage.

Despite the growing emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, the neurodivergent group remains overlooked in hiring practices. Consequently, these individuals experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment.

In the US, approximately 85% of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to only 4.2% of the general population.

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

Learn the different types of neurodivergence and manage disclosure and understanding of accommodations

Leading and managing mixed neurotype teams and improving communication strategies using strengths-based language

Meet Your Facilitator


Dr. Mary Doherty

Dr. Mary Doherty is an autistic consultant anesthesiologist with over 25 years of experience in the Irish Public Health Service. She is the founder of “Autistic Doctors International” and “Autistic Med Students” which are dedicated to peer support, advocacy, research, and education. She delivers evidence-based autism and neurodiversity training for medical and professional sectors, and offers a consultancy service in the area of autism research.

Alongside clinical and training roles, she is active in research and widely published on autism and neurodiversity. Her research interests include the healthcare experiences of autistic adults, interventions to improve health outcomes for autistic people and the issues faced by autistic doctors and medical students. She is an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, and a PhD candidate at London South Bank University where her work explores the experiences and perspectives of autistic psychiatrists.

She is also the mother of two neurodivergent young people.

Key Sessions

Day 1: Modules 1 to 2Day 2: Modules 3 to 4

Understanding Neurodiversity

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

Neurodiversity and Autism in the Workplace

  • Communication and Inclusive Language
    • Enabling inclusion
    • The role of leadership and management
    • Engagement and Communication
    • Introducing Autistic SPACE: a framework for supporting autistic employees
  • Disclosure and Knowing the Individual
    • Masking
    • Trust
    • Productivity

Modifications and adjustments

Autistic SPACE: a framework for supporting neurodivergent employees

  • Exploring Sensory needs
  • Exploring Predictability
  • Exploring Acceptance
  • Exploring Communication
  • Exploring Empathy

Maximizing Cohesion in Mixed Neurotype Teams

  • Understanding team dynamics in mixed neurotype workplaces
  • Equality, equity and individualized support for neurodivergent employees
  • Success factors across the employee life cycle
  • Case studies exploring different stages and scenarios

Workshop: Developing and Action Plans

Workshop: Create and Action Plan to Enable Greater Neuro – Inclusion at Work

  • Developing a neuro-inclusive and safe workplace
  • Setting up an action plan and milestones
  • Commitments and next steps


Extra Early Bird Price
Ends September 1st

$595 USD
(Save $300)

per person + tax

Early Bird Price
Ends October 6th

$750 USD
(Save $145)

per person + tax

Regular Price
Starts October 7th

$895 USD

per person + tax

Additional discounts are available for group registrations of 10 or more.
For group discount inquiries, payment inquiries, or custom training solutions please contact [email protected]

* Registration for this training is exclusively for professionals currently working within the Public Sector.

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