The Neurodiverse Workforce

The 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW over the 8th – 9th October.

The conference provides the opportunity to be involved through presenting, learning, engaging, networking and collaborating with other professionals within the employment sector.

Joining us at the conference is Mrs Vicky Little, Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne Australia who will present on ‘The Neurodiverse Workforce’.

Abstract

While as many as 1 in every 59 people is on the autism spectrum (CDC, 2018), only 40.8% of working age autistic Australians are employed (ABS, 2015). This is more than three times the rate for people with disability (10.0%) and almost six times the rate of people without disability (5.3%). Autistic individuals are willing and able to work but face significant barriers to employment in the traditional recruitment system.

Specialisterne Australia is a non-for-profit dedicated to helping employers understand, value, and include in their workforce the unique capabilities of people on the autism spectrum. Specialisterne was created out of a desire to show employers the unique skills and abilities possessed by many autistic individuals and assist them in gaining meaningful and long-term careers in the belief that this will benefit both the individuals and the marketplace. Commonly dubbed the ‘Autism Advantage’, many employers are now realising there is a talent pool of untapped talent that they aren’t accessing as a result of the interview process. Companies including Westpac, SunPork, PwC, DHHS, SAP and DHS work with Specialisterne to diversify their workforce and help them to find talented autistic staff members to fill their skill gaps. Our innovative approach at Specialisterne Australia aims to break down these barriers by transforming the traditional recruitment process. We use an innovative, customised recruitment process to assess and select autistic employees which aims to remove the barriers in the traditional recruitment process, connect skilled talent with skilled roles and focus on demonstrating the skills and capabilities of the neurodiverse workforce.

In our presentation we will explore how our patient, innovative recruitment method removes barriers, the steps we take to train and match candidates into meaningful roles and the success we have had working with employers to integrate neurodiversity into the workplace.

Biography

Vicky Little is an Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne based in Sydney and is a passionate disability trainer and mentor with over 12 years’ experience in the field of autism employment in Australia and the UK. Vicky’s experience includes developing and delivering autism specific work readiness programs, training employers and higher education institutes and establishing NSW’s first autism specific employment service. Vicky is passionate about working with employers to raise awareness of the strengths and capabilities of autistic individuals in the workplace. Vicky strives to empower employers to tap into these skills and create inclusive workplaces that embrace neurodiversity.

For more information on the 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference and to secure your spot, please visit www.employmentsolutions.net.au

 

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