Whether you are neurodivergent, work with neurodivergent people or have them as family members of friends, we believe that you can benefit from resources to help navigate the challenges in integrating and thriving in this society.
The Resource Library offers resources in different formats, such as text and visual, that equip neurodivergent people, their support network and employers with the right tools and knowledge to unleash potential in the workplace.
The first phase of our Resource Library is to build a quality database of resources as well as a learning community that neurodivergent people and their allies to make a real difference for the better.
Is all content freely accessible to share with my work colleagues, employers and social media?
All our articles and infographics, as well as future information-based awareness-type resources will always be freely accessible, regardless of whether you are a logged-in member or not. We want to counteract the huge amount of misinformation available for free on Google and are optimising our content to ensure it surfaces on page one to dislodge the misinformation from the front page and ensure that our resource base will be the first port of call.
The only resources that will be gated will be any actionable-type resources, like templates, questionnaires, checklists and user manuals, as well as any Pro-exclusive resources.
2. Signing up as a Free Member of the Resource Library
What do you get as part of signing up to be a free member of the Resource Library?
As a Free member of Neurodiversity Media, you can enjoy access to the following features:
Ability to create your own Individual member profile
Full access to the Resource Library, including lived experiences and success stories
Option to Auto-browse by preferred learning style
Delivery of fortnightly NeuroWork newsletter straight to your inbox (see section 4 below "Neurowork newsletter")
What does a member profile look like, and how can I create one?
Start by clicking on the account icon on the top-right-hand side of the website, after logging in:
Then select "Member Profile":
Here you can upload a photo, change your library preferences and add your LinkedIn profile link. If you are a free member, you will have the "Free" sign next to your name. If you upgrade to Pro, your sign will change to "Pro".
What do you mean by full access to the Resource Library?
When you sign up as a free member of the Resource Library, you are able to access the Resource Library catalogue of filters to help find relevant resources. These filters allow you to view the subset of content which is of interest to you.
You do not need to login as a member to view individual resources. However, to conveniently access the full catalogue of resources and use our filter-based system, you must be a logged-in free member.
Here are some images of what the Resource Library looks like.
How do I browse information in the Resource Library?
When you sign up as a member of the Resource Library, you will have been asked to select your preferred information consumption style preferences. You can select one or more options. This means when you are logged in, the "format" filter of the Resource Library page will be automatically "pre-ticked" to your preferred information consumption style.
You can always change your "pre-ticked" format preferences by going to your Member Profile link that is hosted in the Account drawer menu, and then re-selecting the different formats, and saving your profile.
There is also the option to filter resource library articles by relevance to your condition of interest, career stage and employment status:
3. Upgrading to Pro Membership of the Resource Library
What benefits do I get as a Pro Member of the Resource Library?
Pro Membership costs AUD$99, renewable annually. You can immediately upgrade to Pro membership after you first sign up as a free member of the Resource Library. Otherwise, free members can choose the "Upgrade to Pro" option in their member profile settings to upgrade anytime.
As a Pro member, you get the following benefits:
Get a free 1-hour coaching, consulting or feedback session with founder and CEO Rachel Worsley (usually $150/hour), accessible via a secret booking link emailed to you upon upgrading to Pro.
Upskill yourself with free, on-demand access to our visual checklists in ourPro Sectionof the Resource Library
Free entry to our virtual conference NeuroCon 2021 to be held in June 2021, if you join before21 March 2021
Ability to submit your resource or story for publication in the Resource Library, if you join before21 March 2021
10% of your Pro membership fee goes to our NDM Jobs Trust Fund, which funds jobs for neurodivergent people to create resources for the Resource Library.
What happens after you upgrade to Pro?
You will go through an onboarding process that allows you to further personalise the browsing experience of the Resource Library according to your specific topic interests. You can always change your preferences in your member account settings.
You will receive an email from the founder and CEO at Neurodiversity Media, Rachel Worsley, inviting you to your 1-hour session held via Zoom. Sign up at a time that works for you. If you join before 21 March 2021, you will get further information about NeuroCon 2021 and details on how to submit your resource or story for publication in the Resource Library. Submissions to the Resource Library by Pro Members are currently prioritised for submission by the date of when you first joined as a Pro Member of the Resource Library.
The NeuroWork newsletter is our regular email newsletter sent out to our free members that curates the latest and most interesting resources that have been added to the Resource Library. Our audience is split between neurodivergent members, family members, support workers, employers and other interested parties.
How do I receive the NeuroWork Newsletter?
You can request to receive the NeuroWork newsletter by ticking the consent box in our join sign-up form:
5. Creating job opportunities via the NDM Jobs Trust Fund
What is the NDM Jobs Trust Fund?
The NDM Jobs Trust Fund is our social impact initiative, where we divert 10% of each individual Pro Membership to our dedicated savings account which will go towards employing neurodivergent staff in the creative arts sector to help produce resources for the Resource Library.
In 2021, we aim to offer 3 day a week paid internships that go for at least one month, centred around creating a valuable resource for the Resource Library. Every paid intern will get structured training on how to create accessible resources, whether in written, audio, visual or video form.
We may be able to offer "secondments" to large corporates, where we "loan" out paid interns to work in-house with large corporates who have contracted with Neurodiversity Media for our expertise in developing accessible resources. This "secondment style" scheme means that paid interns will be able to put such organisations on their resume, in addition to experience gained at Neurodiversity Media, further boosting their employability.
On completion of our paid internship program, paid interns will join our NDM Talent Pool where they will get first-in-line access to permanent job opportunities or freelance opportunities to make further contributions to the Resource Library.
We will update this section of the FAQ when the initiative goes live later in 2021.
6. Contributions to the Resource Library
Can I submit my own work or resources to the Resource Library?
Our membership strongly values our evidence-based, curated and professionally developed resources developed by our in-house team, as well as in partnership with trusted experts and freelancers. Therefore, we do not currently accept any external contributions to the Resource Library unless it is part of a paid content library partnership,
We will review this policy towards the end of 2021 based on whether the Neurodiversity Media team has grown sufficiently in numbers and capacity to be able to accept and review external submissions into the Resource Library.
In the meantime, we will focus on allowing you to utilise our community forum to post your own work. More details will be provided in 2021 on how this will work.
What is a content library partnership?
These are paid arrangements with external organisations who have engaged Neurodiversity Media to produce accessible resources that are published first on their website before being republished in our Resource Library for categorisation and for further exposure to our neurodiverse audience. If you are interested in exploring a content library partnership for your business, please get in touch with Rachel Worsley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Neurodiversity Media Roadmap
Do you have a roadmap for what you are currently working on?
We are working on a roadmap that can be available for the general public. At the moment, here are some of our initiatives that we've been brainstorming and working on for 2021:
ND Tick program: an accreditation program for workplaces that we certify as ND-friendly
A ND Jobs Board: a jobs board featuring jobs from different industries for organisations that we believe are ND-friendly or that we've certified as having the ND Tick.
Masterclass program: our peer-led practical workshop program, where we engage peers and experts who have lived experience of neurodiversity and the workplace to teach relevant skills to people.
What will the Pro-Exclusive member discounts be, and how will they work?
If you become a Pro Member, any paid resources will automatically attract a permanent 10% discount on the recommended retail price (RRP). We are currently building out our first suite of paid resources, ready to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2021.
You can get up to 50% off on paid resources by earning "Neuros", our points-based scheme, which entitles you to certain badges as part of our "Readers to Leaders" member badge system. The Neuros system is currently in beta-testing phase and won't be fully operational until the end of March 2021.
However, the concept is that you will earn Neuros for contributing useful posts in our forum and sharing knowledge and resources with other members These Neuros will allow you to unlock tiers of increasing benefits, starting from "Reader", before upgrading to "Friend", "Ally" and finally "Leader". This means you will get permanent discounts on all paid resources of the Resource Library of up to 15%, 25% and 50% the higher you go up the tiers.
In the meantime, until the system is fully operational, Neuros will be given out on a discretionary basis by Neurodiversity Media staff for providing product feedback in our forum, so that you will be among the first to take full advantage of the generous discounts when we unveil our first suite of paid resources.
You can find your Neuro count on your member profile, see example screenshot below. More details about the scheme will be revealed in 2021.
What are paid resources and how are they different from what's on offer in the Library?
Our Resource Library platform is built on an e-commerce marketplace platform, which means that everything in the Resource Library can be turned into a product that can be sold, either as a virtual good (like templates and webinars), physical goods (like books) or services (like booking a calendar appointment with vetted experts in neurodiversity).
The phrase "one-stop shop" gets thrown about a lot, but we may be one of the few platforms that will literally embody the concept of the "one stop shop" on neurodiversity in the workplace. You can always browse our free information-based resources, formatted to your learning preferences, for awareness and education. When you want to act upon those resources, such as buying relevant actionable resources, goods or services, you can purchase them all within the same platform.
In 2021, we are starting with building out our virtual goods marketplace, starting with bundled virtual products (such as templates, user manuals and questionnaires) around specific themes in the Resource Library. More will be revealed in 2021.
Do you have a community forum?
We do have a community forum, but full development and engagement of the community forum is not our main focus at the moment, due to our small team. However, the Neurodiversity Media team does informally use our community forum to do beta testing for our Neuros system and to get product feedback. Please check back on this FAQ section.
Do you have an Enterprise solution for corporates?
We are currently building out our enteprise solution for corporates. Please check back on this page in 2021 for full details.
When will you build out the "ND Safe Space" ?
As a neurodivergent-led company, we completely understand the strong desire for a dedicated "ND Safe Space" away from neurotypical allies so that people can share their stories and resources.
As a bridge-building media company, we believe on focusing on our core strength of providing accessible resources to equip not just neurodivergent professionals, but the community around them, such as employers and the support network of family and friends, to banish stigma and stereotypes. Once we have laid down the foundations of that mission, we will be able to expand into more neurodivergent-specific features, like a safe space.
In the meantime, we're more than happy to list any alternatives that we can vouch personally as safe spaces. Watch this space.
With member profiles, do you intend to develop a LinkedIn-style platform in the future?
That is definitely part of the plan, but we have to start somewhere! In the first version of this platform, we have simply laid down the foundations of a platform that has multiple layers of engagement. In phase one, we are building out a comprehensive content library of accessible resources, which will attract a huge range of people who will be engaged with the platform. Once we have attracted a sufficient range of members, we will be able to invest in developing a fully-fledged professional networking platform that will connect jobseekers, companies and interested people to help unleash potential in the workplace.
8. Alternative Methods for Paying for Pro Membership
Will you be building a monthly payment option for Pro?
It is on our development roadmap to develop a monthly option for those who cannot an upfront AUD$99 Pro payment. Broken down monthly, the payment is $8.25 per month.
However, in 2021, we want to stress the enormous value of paying AUD$99 upfront because we believe it is like paying for annual professional development training that normally ask members to pay yearly fees. The unique value proposition of the Resource Library is that it is a community of like-minded peers who are all interested in learning about neurodiversity in the workplace.
Can I pay for Pro Membership via PayPal?
Unfortunately, we have not been able to fund the development of the platform to include payment via PayPal, but this is on our developmental roadmap for the next development of the platform. In the meantime, you can contact email@example.com if you want to pay for Pro Membership via bank transfer. We have bank accounts in the USA, UK and Australia to facilitate such transfers.
Do you have group discounts if my workplace wants to buy multiple Pro memberships?
We are happy to arrange for a group discount if you intend to buy at least 10 or more Pro memberships on behalf of your organisation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to explore this option. We are also developing a dedicated enterprise offering, to be revealed later in 2021.
(Australia-only) Can the Pro membership be paid for using NDIS funds?
Based on our research to date, we believe that our AUD$99 annual membership can be paid for under an NDIS plan if you have an employment goal in your NDIS plan. The Pro membership is an effective resource for helping you plan your career goals and to help you gain employment. When you pay for a Pro membership, you will automatically receive an invoice from Stripe that you can use to submit to your accountant (if you are plan-managed) or to keep for your records (if you are self-managed).