Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workforce
Wednesday, 20 & Thursday, 21 March 2024 | 9:00am – 12:30pm AEDT | Online
Approximately 1 in 8 people are neurodivergent, including those with autism, dyslexia, and other related conditions, with around 34 percent facing unemployment, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Recognizing the strength neurodiversity brings to the workforce, the public sector is leading the way, striving to become a model employer by tapping into untapped neurodivergent talent. Research indicates that neurodivergent employees can enhance team morale, provide keen attention to detail, approach problem-solving creatively, and exhibit increased productivity compared to their neurotypical counterparts.
In the face of traditional workplace structures, often ill-equipped to handle neurodiversity, this course targets those who collaborate with neurodivergent individuals. Offering insights into neurodivergence, the program guides managers in adapting processes, systems, and communication to uplift neurodivergent staff, fostering a safe workplace where they can thrive.
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
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
Dr Shae Wissell, a renowned thought leader and award-winning dyslexia advocate, holds degrees in speech pathology, a Master of Public Health and Health Administration, and a Doctor of Public Health. As an accomplished entrepreneur with a background in health, not-for-profit, and social enterprise, Shae directs successful ventures such as re:think dyslexia and the Dear Dyslexic Foundation, a partnering charity.
Leveraging her diverse expertise and lived neurodivergent experiences, Shae offers coaching and advisory services, while her research delves into the lived experiences of dyslexic adults in Australia, focusing on social inequalities in healthcare, education, employment, relationships, and emotional well-being. Shae’s publications span local and international platforms, covering work experiences, mental health, and well-being.
- An Introduction to Neurodivergence
Gain a comprehensive understanding of neurodivergence, including its definition, characteristics, and common challenges faced by individuals in the workplace. Understand neurodivergent conditions, including dyslexia, autism, and ADHD.
- Recognising Neurodivergence Strengths and Potential
Explore the unique strengths and abilities of individuals that are neurodivergence, and the unique skills and talents dyslexic individuals can bring to the workplace.
Neurodiversity and Dyslexia in the Workplace
- Cultivating an Inclusive Work Environment
Understand the importance of creating an inclusive work environment that embraces diversity and empowers individuals with dyslexia to thrive.
- Reducing Stigma, Promoting Awareness and Fostering Empathy in the Workplace
Explore strategies for promoting awareness among colleagues and management and reducing stigma.
Workplace Accommodations and Adjustments
- Accommodations and Support
Learn about effective accommodations and support strategies to enhance the productivity and well-being of neurodivergence employees.
- Personalised Support Plans
Discover how to create personalised support plans for employees with dyslexia to ensure the effectiveness of the adjustments.
Mental Health, Self-Care and Resilience
- Promoting Self-Care and Resilience
Explore techniques and resources to help dyslexic employees build resilience, manage stress, and practice self-care.
- Evaluating Success and Continuous Improvement
Understand the importance of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of workplace adjustments, and identify methods for ongoing improvement and support.