Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Thinking Differently & Supporting Unique Talents

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Thinking Differently & Supporting Unique Talents

26 May 2020, Central London | 17th June 2020, Manchester

Since the late 1990s, forms of neurodivergence such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia have been increasingly understood as natural manifestations of human diversity rather than medical issues requiring ‘cure’ or treatment. Neurodiversity is also now recognised as presenting unique competitive advantages in the workplace; the inclusion of neurodivergent staff makes plurality of thought a reality. Other talents associated with neurodivergence include an exceptional ability to spot patterns, increased creativity and innovation, and problem-solving skills, amongst others.

Operating in a world which was not designed for you can present significant challenges, however, and neurodivergent staff and jobseekers are often disadvantaged by the traditional systems which organisations have in place.  As a result, organisations miss out on valuable talent and a large demographic are denied opportunity. Greater understanding of neurodiversity, alongside adaptations to recruitment and management processes, are straightforward ways in which neurodivergent staff can be fully included in the workplace and enabled to contribute their best work.

At ‘Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Thinking Differently & Supporting Unique Talents', HR professionals and line managers will receive expert insight into different forms of neurodiversity and the unique attributes associated with each. Through workshops, case studies, and personal perspectives, delegates will be provided with the knowledge and understanding needed to recruit and support neurodivergent staff, and to create a neurodiverse workplace that enables both staff and business to thrive.  

 

Key Speakers: 

  • Casandra Marrero, Modern Comms Product Marketing Manager and Accessibility Champion, Microsoft
  • Jill Miller, Policy Advisor, CIPD and co-author of CIPD Neurodiversity at Work report
  • Nick Mckeown, Risk and Compliance (GRC), HMRC
  • Daniel Aherne, Director, Adjust
  • Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate
  • Kirsty Cook, Lead Job Coach, Auticon
  • Matt Boyd, Founder, Exceptional Individuals
  • Oliver Fenghour, Founding Director, Advance: The Disability Consultants

 

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to recruit, manage and support neurodivergent staff, ensuring that they have equal opportunities to progress and flourish within your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas on increasing neurodiversity in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about how to educate staff and foster understanding of neurodiversity within your organisation
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and your peers

 

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

 

Dates and Locations

Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace | Central London | May 2020

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10% Early Bird Discount Available Until 6th March

Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace | Manchester | June 2020

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10% Early Bird Discount Available Until 6th March

 

For registration queries please contact:

Ivana Picone

0207 593 5739
conference.admin@dodsgroup.com

Agenda

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

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

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

12:50

Personal insight: workplace experiences from a neurodivergent point of view

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

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

16:15

Chair's closing remarks

16:30

Event Close