Neurodiversity | London 2020

9:00

Registration

9:40

Welcoming session

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Dods PLC 

9:45

Chair's introduction

10:00

The Neurodiversity Paradigm: neurodiversity as workplace asset rather than obstacle

  • Understanding neurodiversity as an innate way of thinking rather than a medical issue
  • Examining different types of neurodivergence
  • Increasing innovation and plurality of thought: the competitive advantage of neurodiversity at work

Daniel Aherne, Director, Adjust

10:45

The Social Model: developing neurodiversity-friendly workplace policy and practice

  • Using the Social Model as a guide when making adjustments and educating staff
  • Understanding legal obligations and responsibilities for employers
  • Examples of helpful reasonable adjustments

Jill Miller, Policy Advisor, CIPD and co-author of CIPD Neurodiversity at Work report

11:30

Networking Break

11:50

Employer case studies: attracting and recruiting neurodiverse talent

  • Adapting role descriptions to attract and include neurodivergent candidates
  • Providing opportunities for disclosure during the recruitment process
  • Interview best practice and considering alternative assessments
  • Ensuring applicant filtering and progression methods do not disadvantage neurodivergent candidates

Kirsty Cook, Lead Job Coach, Auticon

Matt Boyd, Founder, Exceptional Individuals

12:50

Personal insight: workplace experiences from a neurodivergent point of view

Nick Mckeown, Risk and Compliance (GRC), HMRC

13:20

Lunch

14:30

Workshop: Managing a neurodiverse workforce and ensuring fair progression

  • Providing feedback and communicating clearly with neurodivergent staff
  • Creating structures for support and prioritising wellbeing
  • Training and educating managers to support neurodiversity in their teams

Oliver Fenghour, Founding Director, Advance: The Disability Consultants

15:30

Neurodivergence & individuality: increasing understanding and shifting perspectives

  • Re-examining the language around neurodiversity
  • Moving away from generalisation, towards a nuanced understanding of neurodivergence and individuality
  • Valuing each staff member for their unique traits and contributions
  • Building neurodiverse teams which play to each member’s strengths

Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate

Casandra Marrero, Modern Comms Product Marketing Manager and Accessibility Champion, Microsoft

16:15

Chair's closing remarks

16:30

Event Close