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Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workplace

Empower Neurodiversity: Building Inclusive Workspaces for Thriving Teams

July 18 & 25, 2024

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Next intake: July 18 & 25, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Overview

In today’s dynamic work environment, organizations grapple with diversity, talent scarcity, and the demand for innovative ideas. Embracing neurodiverse professionals presents a promising solution. Integrating neurodivergent individuals enables companies to leverage unique perspectives and problem-solving skills, gaining a competitive edge.

Despite increasing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts, neurodivergent talent often remains overlooked in recruitment. Consequently, these individuals face disproportionately high rates of unemployment and underemployment. In the United States, for instance, around 85% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to just 4.2% of the general population.

Who Should Attend?

Directors, Managers, Leads, Officers
Organizational 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
Managing disclosure and understanding accommodations
Improving communication strategies and using strengths-based language

Online Training

Unlocking Potential: Neurodivergence in the Workplace


Session details

Discover strategies to establish a supportive workplace environment conducive to the success of neurodivergent employees:

  • Gain insights into adapting management practices and organizational systems to enhance overall productivity.
  • Enhance communication approaches to foster the well-being of neurodivergent team members.
  • Embark on the path toward enhancing accessibility for neurodivergent staff within your organization.
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Level: Fundamentals

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Key Sessions

This training program is designed to deepen understanding and foster inclusion of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace. Across four modules, participants will explore terminology, benefits, and conditions related to neurodiversity. They’ll learn communication strategies, dispel stereotypes, and develop action plans for creating neuroinclusive environments. Practical workshops and case studies provide hands-on experience to maximize cohesion and support across diverse teams.

What is Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence
• Understanding Terminology
• Using Inclusive language
• The benefits of Neurodiversity in the workplace

Understanding Neurodivergent Conditions
• Exploring Neurodivergent Differences
• Understanding Autism
• Understanding other neurodivergent conditions i.e. ADHD/ Dyslexia / Dyspraxia

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
• Stigma & Stereotypes
• Trust
• Productivity

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: 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

Meet Your Facilitator

Dr Mary Doherty

Consultant

Dr. Mary Doherty is a seasoned consultant anesthesiologist in the Irish Public Health Service, boasting over 25 years of experience. She’s renowned as the founder of “Autistic Doctors International” and “Autistic Med Students,” dedicated platforms fostering peer support, advocacy, research, and education within the autistic community. Dr. Doherty specializes in providing evidence-based training on autism and neurodiversity for medical and professional sectors, along with offering consultancy services in autism research.

Beyond her clinical and training roles, Dr. Doherty is deeply engaged in research, particularly focusing on autism and neurodiversity. Her scholarly work delves into various aspects, including healthcare experiences of autistic adults, interventions for enhancing health outcomes in the autistic population, and the challenges encountered by autistic doctors and medical students. Currently holding the position of Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, she is also pursuing a Ph.D. at London South Bank University, investigating the perspectives and experiences of autistic psychiatrists. Additionally, Dr. Doherty is a dedicated mother to two neurodivergent young individuals.

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