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The Benefits of Neurodiversity in the Workplace

90 Minutes

15 March 2023

14:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Registration has closed for this event!

About the event

The subject of Diversity and Inclusion has been front and centre for so many organisations but in looking at embracing diversity, we are often excluding a portion of the workforce from our organisational strategy and policies.

As neurodifferences are often stigmatised, invisible, or masked, this group often doesn't have the representation of other groups on the D&I agenda. And we believe this group has so much to contribute to performance, creativity, and innovation within organisations. 

So, what does a neuro-inclusive organisation look like in practice? How might we get started?

We are excited to host a panel on Neurodiversity in the Workplace. In this session, we will cover practical and real-world experience on how organisations can be more neuro-inclusive. While every organisation and culture are different, we have found that many of the core questions and building blocks can overlap.

Specifically, we will cover:

  • An introduction to neurodiversity in the workplace

  • Getting buy-in from senior leaders

  • Good practice examples of positive adjustments from individuals

  • Good practice examples at an organisational level

Ultimately, creating a neurodiversity-friendly workplace culture is not only the right thing to do, but it can also have a positive impact on the bottom line for the organization.

Please note that our events are not being recorded, to encourage our participants to speak openly about their personal stories and experiences. 

Aidan Healy | Event Chair

Neurodiversity Celebration Week Campaign Director

Aidan Healy is a Business Psychologist, Campaign Director for Neurodiversity Celebration Week and Chair of Lexxic.

He is on a mission to create a world where all minds belong. A world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of the type of brain they have. By celebrating neurodiversity, he believes we can create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
He has over fifteen years of experience in people development roles holding qualifications in psychology, leadership development and coaching.

Lexxic are a specialist consultancy who are leaders in the field of neurodiversity. With a fifteen-year track record, they partner with organisations, schools, universities, and members of the public to make a positive difference. They create Neurodiversity Smart workplace cultures, high impact training programmes and deliver support services to neurodivergent individuals.

Abigail Agyei MBE

Senior Policy Advisor - Early Years Health Workforce Lead | Civil Service Rising Star Award Winner | Tedx Speaker | DEI Champion | ADHD Advocate | Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2022

Abigail Agyei is an award-winning policy and advisor and neurodiversity advocate currently working on the Department of Health and Social Care. She has over eight years’ experience in working with community groups, marginalised and under-represented groups.

Abigail is the winner of 2020 Civil Service Rising Star Award for her dedication to public service making significant impact to communities. Abigail is incredibly passionate about amplifying the voices of intersectional identities and how their lived experiences are shaped in the world and has ADHD and Dyspraxia herself and was named as one of last year's 'Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women', and awarded MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in this year’s 2022 New Year British Honours for Public and Community Services.

Clare Mottram

Senior Scientist at SHL

Clare Mottram is a Senior Scientist at SHL, the global leader in HR technology and psychometric science. She holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University and is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She has over 15 years of consulting experience in the talent assessment industry, with expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating a wide range of assessments.

Clare now heads up SHL’s Neurodiversity Research Program which aims to define evidence based best practices for assessing neurodiverse talent. She has authored blogs, white papers and technical reports to continue progressing and promoting research into this very important topic.

Sandi Wassmer

CEO, the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion

CEO of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) since 2020, Sandi is a passionate human rights advocate, and the only blind female CEO in the UK. She is a visionary leader and change agent, with experience in the commercial and charity sectors. After registering blind in 2008 and being diagnosed with ADHD in 2009, she began advocating around equality and inclusion, working at the intersection of Government, Industry and the Third Sector. In 2011 Sandi wrote the “Ten Principles of Inclusive Web Design”—an update of the design principles she used when co-writing the Government’s e-Accessibility Action Plan, a set of principles still in use today.

Stephane Leblois

Director of Partnerships, The Valuable 500

Stephane joined the Valuable 500 after a decade of working in the disability rights and inclusive development sectors. He is also the Founder of the Washington Wolfpack RFC, the US’ first disability-inclusive team and also serves on Diversity and Inclusion Committee for USA Rugby, the country’s national governing body for the sport. His career in disability has spanned across multiple areas, including digital accessibility, inclusive education and employment. He previously served as the lead employment expert for The Arc of the United States, has published academic papers on disability inclusive employment, and has also served as an advisor to USAID on disability inclusion issues.

Tania Martin

Ecosystem & Talent Lead, EY

Tania has over 20 years’ experience in people, operations and recruitment roles and has a passion for building a better working world for those who are don’t always feel they belong. Her current role in the Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence (NCoE) enables her to make small changes that have larger ripples across her organisation.

She works closely with the NCoE external ecosystem – including charities and Neurodiversity experts who help support on candidate attraction, advice, sponsorships, and events. Additionally, she is responsible for developing the NCoE Talent strategy including areas such as recruitment, coaching, and training. Tania herself has ADHD.

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