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RESOURCES For students, PARENTS & CARERS

MONEYBASICS COURSE

Learn the basics to managing your money.

WHY DO THIS COURSE?

  • Learn about budgeting and managing everyday expenses

  • Grow more confident in your money matters

  • Gain knowledge through additional resources


GUIDE TO EMPLOYER EXPOS

Employer Expos or Career Fairs can be daunting events for many students and job seekers. This guide aims to provide you with the information and tools necessary for success before, during and after the event. 

Contents include: 

  • What to expect at the event, and how to best prepare for it

  • Tips to ensure your personal well-being during the event and a tool to use when interacting with an employer

  • Best strategies for following-up with employer representatives / companies  

This guide is provided in LANDSCAPE format for viewing on desktops or laptops and in PORTRAIT format for viewing on smartphones, tablets or for printing. 


NEURODIVERSE SELF-CARE: MANAGING ANXIETY THROUGH CONNECTION

This piece has been written by neurodiverse individuals for neurodiverse individuals. It will discuss several strategies to enact self-care through 'connection'. We explore grounding, meditation, creative therapies, and more.


“GROUNDING EXERCISE” BOOKLET

This booklet provides a simple exercise that may help calm you when you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you are going to panic.

The PDF can be printed and folded into an 8-page booklet. Firstly, it needs to be printed out in “landscape" and “full size”. The instructions on how to fold it can be found in this YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/21qi9ZcQVto


“DISCLOSURE” AT UNIVERSITY:
THE ART OF SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DISABILITY

This thought piece is for neurodiverse students who are considering going to university, or those who are already attending.  It has been written in collaboration with autistic people.  This piece will discuss the aspects of disclosing your diagnosis at university. 


ASPIES@WORK

Check out the Blog on the Aspies@Work website for useful information on becoming more job ready.


INCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY REVIEWS AND GUIDES

Diversity and Ability (DnA) is an award-winning UK based disabled-led social enterprise, that has put together a page of accessibility resources including:

  • Reviews of useful inclusive technologies to support learning and working

  • Study skills handouts for students

  • Various guides such as 'Getting Support in the Workplace'.

The resources have been collated by DnA's diverse team of end-users with their own lived experiences of disability and neurodiversity. DnA supports disabled and neurodiverse people in higher education and the workplace to overcome any barriers they may be facing. DnA also supports organisations to be more inclusive and harness the value of diversity. With a commitment to social justice issues, DnA is also tackling issues surrounding recurring homelessness linked to neurodiversity and the disability employment gap. DnA is convinced that the celebration of diversity coupled with authentic strategies enables people not just to survive, but truly thrive.


 
 

RESOURCES for employers

NEURODIVERSITY: DEFINITION AND INFORMATION

Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that argues diverse neurological conditions are a result of normal variations in the human genome. This portmanteau of neurological and diversity originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.


More information on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.


TIPS FOR EMPLOYER EXPOS

Employer Expos or Career Fairs can be daunting events for many students and job seekers. The following guide aims to make exhibitors more aware of neurodiversity, dispel some misconceptions, and provide tips & strategies to make the interactions more inclusive.


NEURODIVERSITY AT WORK

(CIPD - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) / Uptimize)

This guide is for HR professionals and leaders across functions who want to learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for their organisation, and how they can support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work.


EMPLOYER GUIDE TO SUPERVISING INDIVIDUALS WITH ASD

(Rochester Institute of Technology - Spectrum Support Program)

Many employers are interested in hiring a group of capable yet under-utilized individuals: those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). You may encounter students on the Spectrum when recruiting and hiring RIT students for your organization. This guide will help you work effectively with these students as candidates and employees.

Objectives include:

  • Understanding the characteristics of ASD

  • Understanding the benefits of hiring individuals with ASD

  • What can you do as a manager, interviewer, co-worker, or recruiter


AN EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO MANAGING PROFESSIONALS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

(Marcia Scheiner (Integrate Autism Employment Advisors) with Joan Bogden)

This is a comprehensive reference guide for managers and colleagues of people with Asperger's Syndrome. The book outlines the day-to-day workplace challenges faced by those with AS and then provides practical strategies to solve them in a respectful way. This book will help anyone engage with and support co-workers with AS to ensure mutual success.


AUTISM @ WORK PLAYBOOK

(Annabi, H., Crooks, E.W., Barnett, N., Guadagno, J., Mahoney, J.R., Michelle, J., Pacilio, A., Shukla, H. and Velasco, J. Autism @ Work Playbook: Finding talent and creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with autism. Seattle, WA: ACCESS-IT, The Information School, University of Washington, 2019.)

Finding talent and creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with autism.


 
 

RESOURCES for universities

EMPLOYER EXPOS - MAKING THEM MORE INCLUSIVE

Employer Expos or Career Fairs can be daunting events for many students and job seekers. Given their current structure, they are also not accessible to some neurodiverse or sensory sensitive people. The following guide gives the host organisation some strategies to ensure the event is more inclusive.


A GUIDE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS

(Rochester Institute of Technology - Spectrum Support Program)

This guide incorporates the ideas and successful practices of higher education professionals at postsecondary institutions who have worked with their universities to establish effective supports for students with ASD. (Published 2014)


NEURODIVERSITY HUB MODEL

Operating model for the Neurodiversity Hub initiative and Proposed Charter for NDH Advisory Group.

Developed by Mitch Butler and Chris Rogers, two interns from Cornell University ILR School - K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (Jan-May 2018).

Neurodiversity Hub model

Neurodiversity Hub Advisory Group Charter


SUPPORTING TERTIARY AND VOCATIONAL STUDENTS WITH ASD

La Trobe University Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has completed extensive research into ways of supporting tertiary students with ASD, including their transition from secondary school. The outcomes of this research has been distilled into three groups of materials for use by those impacted either directly or indirectly by autism:

Students: Information on what to expect at university and vocational college and the support services that may be available.

Staff: Information for tertiary staff to help them support students.

Parents: Information for parents of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.


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