Neurodiversity in the Workplace

When we typically think about diversity, we usually consider race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Disabilities like autism spectrum 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). In this training, you will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum and ADHD through a strength-based lens. Throughout interactive group exercises and discussion, you will learn how to recognize and address systemic barriers to employment and access this unique talent pipeline. You will also learn how to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture that is supportive of Neurodiversity.

After attending this workshop, 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.