Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workforce
March 19 & 26, 2024 | 9:00am – 1:00pm EST | Online
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:
Organizational Development, Recruitment
Inclusion and Diversity,
HR Business Partners
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.
- 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
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