Neurodiversity: What is it and how can you cultivate it at your organization?

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Jennifer Riggins

About this talk

Neurodiversity is oft associated with autism spectrum but can include an array of conditions affecting mind and brain. 70-90% of these individuals are unemployed/underemployed, yet they can bring a lot of value to an org with skill sets in high demand. A neurodiversity program is dedicated to embracing diversity of thought process & background as a way to lead to a more successful and innovative company. Companies SAP, Google, Salesforce, HP, Ford, JP Morgan & Microsoft have already reformed their HR processes in order to recruit neurodiverse talent. Would your org benefit from becoming more welcoming of neurodiversity? What do initiatives look like? This episode is for anyone who works with or could hire nuerodivergent individuals & who wants to find ways to hire, onboard & support those with cognitive differences. This episode comes after many questions about this topic during our most popular episode on diversity and pay gaps, & fits in with recurring themes like designing the career you love, mentoring, & flexible work. Guests: Tia Shafee [they/them] is a UK civil servant working in disability inclusion, founder and chair of Public Sector Neurodiversity Network, which connects neurodivergent individuals across the UK public sector & gives them a platform to share their experiences. Samantha Pierce, owner of NeuroDiversity Consulting & founder of the charitable organization Sanchia A Callender, is a training & dev specialist dedicated to creating a thriving empowered community that includes everyone. She enjoys life with her husband & 5 children, two of whom are autistic. Amy Root, associate director of global solutions with UnitedHealth Group, is an experienced healthcare professional with special expertise in design & innovation, medical tech & business ops. As an autistic adult who is raising a child on the spectrum, Amy is passionate about orgs understanding importance of workplace neurodiversity initiatives & thoughtfully creating neurodiverse teams.

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