OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEURODIVERGENT STUDENTS
The intent is to provide programs to support neurodivergent students to become work-ready, and build connections with organisations that value their talents.
The activities offered in the University Neurodiversity Hub may include:
identification of strengths, and assessment of employability
undertaking 'enterprise readiness training', provided via e-learning platforms
attending seminars and workshops on social and life skills
participating in an industry mentoring program
being considered for internships or work experience assignments
working with disability services consultants on feedback from work experience opportunities.
Links to existing programs
The following organisations already have autism@work programs and inclusive hiring, seeking to support neurodivergent individuals.
Universities involved in the initiative
The following universities are participating in the Neurodiversity Hub initiative:
IN the USA
“Swinburne welcomes this collaboration as an opportunity to increase the number of roles available to Swinburne students in the IT professions, including cyber security, testing and data science. We value initiatives that foster equity and diversity and create an inclusive workplace.”
— DR ANDREW SMITH, VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENTS, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY
“This is a great opportunity for us to help more students access workplace experiences that enhance their employability, boost their job confidence and to make vital connections with large-scale employers.”
— PROFESSOR JOANNE WRIGHT, DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (ACADEMIC), UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
““We are committing to establishing a Neurodiversity Hub in Perth that will help improve the employability of and employment opportunities for students with autism, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.””
— AASQA FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR PROFESSOR TELE TAN, SCHOOL OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CURTIN UNIVERSITY
“Landmark College has always been a “hub” insofar as we only enroll neurodivergent students with some learning difficulty (learning disability, ADHD, autism). However, with this new status as a formal Neurodiversity Hub, we look forward to even greater learning and employment success for our students. With the Center for Neurodiversity https://www.landmark.edu/center-for-neurodiversity and our research and development efforts, we are committed to joining industry partners who are championing the benefits of a more neurodiverse workforce. ”
— DR PETER EDEN, PRESIDENT, LANDMARK COLLEGE