Learn how managers and teams can best consider behaviours, roles and working environments to optimise for colleagues with an autistic spectrum condition.
Everyone wins when we're intentionally inclusive, and design to enable diverse perspectives in our teams. In the first of a new series of expert led, conversational sessions exploring different aspects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at work — we’ll be joined by Dr Anne Cockayne.
Anne has been researching autism and employment since 2013, recently completing a PHD on the experiences of people-managers working with autistic team members. She also provides support to employers keen to help team members on the autistic spectrum to thrive in their work; an especially important area currently given the distributed and nuanced ways of remote working we’re all adopting — and which bring heightened challenges around communication, social cues and understanding for those with a neurodiverse perspective.
Neurodiversity is a particular form of diversity, relating to brain differences which are largely invisible — one of the reasons it's under-explored in the world of work. Neurodiversity is an ‘umbrella’ term covering many conditions including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Tourette’s.
What neurodiverse people have in common is that however their brain differences are labelled, these are natural variations within human diversity; simply put, there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ human brain. It therefore becomes really important to understand more about these individual variations to deliver inclusive working environments and harness talents.
Autistic people have particular outlooks, skills and talents that can be highly valuable to employers, with progressive organisations today well aware of the value of neurodiverse people in teams. But the invisible nature of autism and the different ways that those on the autistic spectrum may wish to disclose their neurodiversity means that common understanding is often low or shaped by misleading stereotypes of what autistic people are and are not. Many of us are unsure of the best approaches to having the conversation around neurodiversity, to creating good working environments and could do with better understanding of some of the purposeful and practical first steps towards better awareness that we can take.
That’s what we’ll be aiming to get from our time in this session with Anne.
How the session will be structured:
Drawing from her research and practice, Anne will share some insights and expertise, on the broad context to neurodiversity in the workplace; before focussing in on ways we can all be more aware, better equipped to intelligently and inclusively support any present or future colleagues who bring an autistic perspective into our teams and to harness the unique talents associated with this neurodiverse condition.
There will be some thinking shared with the group in advance, and the chance to bring your own questions and perspectives, to put to Anne and for open discussion as a group. We'd love to welcome you along.
Start:28th July, 2020 at 4:00pm
End:28th July, 2020 at 5:15pm
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