Two weeks before her HSC exams, Hayley Elford started experiencing extreme tics. It would take another year before she was officially diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. She will soon be commencing her Masters of Teaching, with a long-term goal to teach other neurodivergent children. She spoke to NeuroWork about the challenges of university, working in schools and explaining her tics to her students.
Gina always questioned why, as a child, she couldn’t tie her shoelaces, and why, as an adult, she had difficulty with driving. It wasn’t until she was 38 that she found the answer - she has dyspraxia. She spoke to NeuroWork about her career in journalism, focusing on her strengths and the confidence she gained after her (not quite official) diagnosis.
Sensory artist and designer Bliss Cavanagh was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when she was nine years old. She spoke to NeuroWork about calming her symptoms through art, her PHD research and improving the wellbeing of society through her multi-sensory art installations.
Samantha Nuttall had a successful career in HR, Career Coaching and now works as a Relationship Manager at the Australian Network on Disability. But it wasn’t until her 40s before she received her ADHD diagnosis. She spoke to NeuroWork about why she is breaking the professional silence about ADHD at work and shares her tips on finding a supportive workplace.
After being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 19, Kayla Sirrell discovered music eased her tics. She has since appeared on ABC’s Employable Me and worked as a brand ambassador for the Salvation Army. She told NeuroWork that, in addition to becoming a famous singer, she wants to create jobs for other people with disabilities.
Jodi Clements always struggled with numbers. It wasn’t until she was in her final year at university that she was diagnosed with dyscalculia. This diagnosis set her on a journey to find out more about neurobiological differences, and ultimately led her to found the Australian Dyslexia Association and the Institute for Multisensory Structured Language Education. She spoke to NeuroWork about leveraging strengths and avoiding numbers.
As we go into 2020, conversations around neurodiversity are largely focused on employing and retaining neurodivergent talent. But we don’t hear much about the other end of the spectrum: the neurodivergent leaders.
This is Rachel Worsley's first editorial as publisher and editor of NeuroWork. She outlines the importance of better storytelling for neurodiversity in 2020, as well as an outline of NeuroWork's purpose.
We interviewed Carly Stebbing from Resolution 123 regarding how people with ADHD can advocate for themselves at work. If you believe you have experienced discrimination at work based on your ADHD, here are some actions you may wish to take.
Here are some facts and statistics that you might not know about neurodiversity and employment.
Companies should have formal policies to address workplace accommodations for autistic employees in the absence of professional support, according to researchers.
How can we improve the unemployment rate for autistic people? Here's my idea for a micro-business incubator that is based on monetising people's interests.
Those with ADHD are passionate and creative people who thrive off variety, interest and challenge. Rachel Worsley has leveraged these strengths to build a successful and diverse career and she believes that employers and entrepreneurs can too, by following some helpful advice.
The Neurodiversity movement continues to make progress, but there is a long way to go. Our panel discussed some of the current problems and what is being done to solve them.
Employing Neurodiverse people directly is not the only way for businesses to benefit from their unique talents and abilities.
There are some simple steps that small business can take to find and keep Neurodiverse talent.
NeuroWork speaks directly to the managers and employees at the heart of the Rise@DHHS program.
Laura and Clay Lewis, from Clay Needs No Moulding, share the story about how Clay went from struggling to find after-school work to starting a thriving micro-business that employs people.
Representatives from startups and corporates meet on the employer panel at the Sydney Neurodiversity Symposium to discuss how to increase the employment rate among neurodivergent individuals.
A unique employment approach that allows public and private employers to "sell themselves" to autistic jobseekers will be rolled out to more states and territories across Australia in 2020, according to specialist recruitment company Specialisterne Australia.
Andrew Williams from IBM suggests starting with a pilot program before developing a global business case. His ambitious goal is to make neurodivergent recruitment business as usual, not just at IBM but within all companies.
Australia's first-ever incubator for neurodivergent entrepreneurs kicked off in Perth, Australia.
Mike Tozer believes that matching a candidate’s specific skills to the right job and redesigning the traditional recruitment process are the keys to establishing sustainable careers for those on the autism spectrum.
Support provided to autistic workers may unintentionally create a sense of unfairness or bias among their co-workers, according to an analysis of an Australian autism hiring program.