Neurodiversity in the Workplace (1 hour)

This training is developed and delivered in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Works Program.

When we typically think about diversity, we usually consider race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, and learning disabilities are also part of what makes our workplaces diverse. This workshop expands upon the conventional understanding of these “hidden disabilities” by applying the strength-based perspective of Neurodiversity (valuing differences in how people think and learn).

Through interactive group exercises and discussions, participants will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum and ADHD through a strength-based lens and learn how to recognize and address systemic barriers to employment, access this unique talent pipeline, and build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture that is supportive of Neurodiversity.

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Neurodiversity strength-based philosophy and how it distinguishes itself from disability-centered models and accurately define core terms of this approach.
  • Recognize and identify barriers within the workplace that limit the success of neurodiverse individuals.
  • Identify 3 practical tools to use within the workplace to address barriers and promote inclusive practices.

Evaluation Comments

“I loved the strengths-based lens of switching the deficit medical-model viewpoint to an asset-based viewpoint. So valuable for the organizational culture!”

“I was able to view neurodiversity in a different way. I appreciated the brainstorming that we did.”

“My key takeaway: Change the environment for the person rather than changing the person to fit the environment.”

“I really liked the reframing of neurodiversity as a strength vs. liability, the slides that showed the shifting paradigms.”

“I loved how the presenter connected the diagnostic criteria for ASD and ADHD to the unique skills that neurodivergent individuals could bring to the workplace.”