OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYERS

What does it mean to truly innovate?

It starts by changing the conversation - shifting perceptions when they previously seemed unshiftable and promoting growth through positive change. This is being seen in businesses around the world.


Perceptions of equality are changing for the better, with race, gender diversity and inclusivity rightfully becoming the norm. It is the people behind the businesses that have the power to promote social change - and we believe gender, cultural, racial and neurological diversity are essential ingredients to workplace innovation.

Our aim is for businesses big and small, to welcome neurodivergent students, to recognise and promote their strengths, and be aware of their unique needs. There are numerous potential benefits, including:

  • increase in the quality and quantity of work outcomes

  • increased job retention rates amongst neurodivergent graduates

  • increased levels of pride in the organisation by neurotypical co-workers as a result of greater levels of diversity and inclusivity.

As seen with numerous organisations around the world, inclusivity and diversity is true innovation - creating something far greater than the sum of the parts.

The opportunities for employers to be involved in the Hub include:

  • providing industry mentorships

  • offering life skill seminars for students in their area of expertise

  • providing internship/work experience opportunities

  • participating in regular employer forums to share advice and discuss experiences

  • accessing training to support becoming an autism-accepting employer

  • gaining access to a pipeline of talented job candidates.


 

Network Partners

The Neurodiversity Hub has a number of partners that support and contribute to programs, providing ongoing opportunities for neurodivergent students. These include:


Employer organisations

 

DXC is proud to be a founding sponsor of the NDH initiative and has provided significant input to its design, the material and tools that will be available and the creation of internships and work experience programs for participating students.

SAP looks forward to contributing to the development of the Neurodiversity Hub as a way of supporting neurodivergent students realise their potential.

 

The Westpac Group is proud to support the development of the Neurodiversity Hub initiative. We know the value of hiring for neurodiversity, with our Tailored Talent program bringing quality applicants into the Westpac Group since 2017. We’re proud to be working with universities and corporate Australia to support neurodiverse students into careers that benefit our customers and our community.

ANZ is excited to be involved in developing the Neurodiversity Hub initiative. Though our Spectrum Program, we have experienced the benefits of employing neurodivergent people. The hub will build on this, making it easier for students and employers to connect, and helping to address the unacceptably high levels of unemployment and wasted talent in this community.

 

NAB is pleased to support the NDH initiative and, via our Neurodiversity at NAB program, to provide opportunities for neurodivergent students to realise careers in their chosen fields.

Xceptional is excited about contributing to the NDH to carve out a new future for neurodiverse students and jobseekers. We are providing opportunities both at Xceptional and also with our partner companies across the IT industry. This is an exciting time as more and more companies are embracing the autism advantage.


Service / resource providers

 

Uptimize, the leading provider of scalable neurodiversity training resources, plans to bring a specific set of tools and resources to the neurodiversity hub model.

Peoplebank is Australia’s largest IT and Digital Recruitment Specialist placing more than 4,500 candidates per year. We are partnering with organisations to give Neurodiverse candidates an edge in gaining meaningful careers.

 

Integrate offers assessment, education and training, recruiting and employment support services to employers to help them in their efforts to identify, recruit and retain qualified professionals on the autism spectrum.

We are excited to assist in realising this initiative. Our mission is to build high-performing teams from groups of highly-skilled individuals. We are passionate about identifying commercially-compelling opportunities in organisations for neurodiverse teams and uncovering extraordinary individuals to form those teams.

 

Blue Umbrella is a proud supporter of the Neurodiversity Hub initiative. Blue Umbrella incubates and accelerates businesses focused on meaningfully improving the lives of people with autism, other forms of neurodiversity and special needs. We do this through our suite of information products and services and extensive connections within our growing network of autism and neurotech companies, talented innovators, investors and corporate buyers

MeasureOne is a higher education data analytics company that enables students, employers, schools and lenders fully leverage academic data and student information through comprehensive data mining techniques. Rich transcript data can also be used to accelerate diversity and inclusion initiatives. Our reports can package and showcase essential information that compliments the academic transcripts of autistic and neuro-diverse candidates. This can enable employers to identify internship and job applicants who do not rise to the attention of recruiters via traditional approaches and who may be challenged in the interview process. 

 

Life Sherpa is an assistive technology platform that functions as a virtual coach that provides the scaffolding to help neurodiverse individuals become more self-reliant at home, in the workplace and in life. 

Life Sherpa-built programs deliver continuous, reinforced behavioral training and support through mobile devices to help colleges with post secondary programs, job coaching organizations and employers cost effectively manage and retain neurodiverse talent.  

 

Research organisations

 

The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the Cornell University ILR School (Ithaca, NY, USA) is pleased to contribute to the conceptualization of how to bridge educational and vocational opportunity for neuro-diverse youth in university settings, and to afford our future HR professionals from the ILR School a close-up opportunity to study such innovative initiatives.

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre develops evidence-based strategies for supporting people with autism and their families. A key research theme is employment and transition to adulthood. The Centre is the research partner for DXC Technology’s innovative autism employment initiative, the Dandelion Program.

 

The University of Haifa Department of Occupational Therapy is dedicated to both training excellent qualified Occupational Therapists and conducting research about the role of purposeful activity (occupation) and its efficacy in human life, in health and in illness.