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Hayley Reflects on Teaching Kids While Living with Tourette's

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 6 Mar 2020 |

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 on Dyspraxia: "It's the Least Known Out of All the Neurodivergent Conditions."

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 6 Mar 2020 |

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.


How Bliss Runs a Creative Business While Living with Tourette Syndrome

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 3 Mar 2020 |

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.


“If we don’t talk about ADHD diagnosis, that stigmatisation and nonsense will continue.”

By Rachel Worsley | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 3 Mar 2020 |

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.


Kayla From Employable Me Wants to Create Jobs For People with Disabilities

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 3 Mar 2020 |

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's Dyscalculia Led Her to a Career in Literacy Training for Dyslexics

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #NeurodivergentWomenAtWork, #6 | 3 Mar 2020 |

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. 


What Does Neurodivergent Leadership Look Like in 2020

By Rachel Worsley | Blog, NeuroWork, #5, JournalTalk | 18 Feb 2020 |

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. 


Why Neurodiversity Needs Visual Storytelling

By Isabelle Quigley | Blog, NeuroWork, #5, Visual | 18 Feb 2020 |

For me and so many neurodiverse people, a picture really is worth a thousand words.


How To Tell Better Stories About Neurodiversity in 2020

By Rachel Worsley | Blog, NeuroWork, Editorial, #3 | 3 Jan 2020 |

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. 


Your Australian Guide To Workplace Rights if You Have ADHD

By Rachel Worsley and Isabelle Quigley | Blog, NeuroWork, #4, Visual | 3 Jan 2020 |

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.


22 Statistics About Neurodiversity and Employment You May Not Know

By Isabelle Quigley and Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #4, News | 3 Jan 2020 |

Here are some facts and statistics that you might not know about neurodiversity and employment. 


Formal Workplace Accommodation Policies Needed for Autistic Employees

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #3 | 3 Jan 2020 |

Companies should have formal policies to address workplace accommodations for autistic employees in the absence of professional support, according to researchers. 


A Micro-Business Incubator That Allows Autistic People to Monetise Their Special Interests

By Rachel Worsley | Blog, NeuroWork, IdeaSpies, #3 | 1 Jan 2020 |

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. 


How to Use ADHD to your Business Advantage

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #3 | 29 Dec 2019 |

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.


Neurodiversity Movement: Making Progress But Still Work To Be Done

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #3 | 29 Dec 2019 |

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.


auticon, successful in Europe, is looking at Australia

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #4 | 28 Dec 2019 |

 Employing Neurodiverse people directly is not the only way for businesses to benefit from their unique talents and abilities.


How to Employ Neurodivergent Talent if You're A Small Business

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #4 | 28 Dec 2019 |

There are some simple steps that small business can take to find and keep Neurodiverse talent.


A Rare Inside Look into an Autism Hiring Program Between Manager and Employee

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #2, Q&A | 20 Dec 2019 |

NeuroWork speaks directly to the managers and employees at the heart of the Rise@DHHS program. 


The Origins and Evolution of Neurodiversity

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #2 | 18 Dec 2019 |

Judy Singer explains the origins of the term ‘Neurodiversity’ and how this has sparked social change. 


Building the Next Generation of Dyslexic Leaders

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #2 | 17 Dec 2019 |

Will Wheeler from the Dyslexic Evolution explains how he is building the next generation of dyslexic leaders.


How Autistic Teenagers and Adults Can Start Their Micro-Business

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #2 | 16 Dec 2019 |

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. 


Rise@DHHS: A Manager's Perspective

By Christopher Hofmann | Blog, NeuroWork, #1, Opinion | 5 Dec 2019 |

Chris Hofmann, Manager Records Management at the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, speaks about his experience being involved in the Rise@DHHS program. 


How Can Employers Create Neurodiversity-Friendly Workplaces?

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #1 | 5 Dec 2019 |

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. 


Specialisterne Australia flags major expansion of Federal Talent Hubs in 2020

By Alison Eveleigh and Rachel Worsley | Blog, NeuroWork, #1, News | 5 Dec 2019 |

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. 


How to Build a Business Case for Neurodiverse Recruitment

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #1 | 5 Dec 2019 |

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.


Australian-first Incubator for Neurodivergent Entrepreneurs Kicks Off

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #1, News | 5 Dec 2019 |

Australia's first-ever incubator for neurodivergent entrepreneurs kicked off in Perth, Australia. 


Connecting Autistic Talent with Meaningful Careers

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, SYDND, #1 | 5 Dec 2019 |

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 for autistic workers may be seen as unfair by co-workers: study

By Alison Eveleigh | Blog, NeuroWork, #1, News | 21 Nov 2019 |

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.

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