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.


SOME TIPS FROM TEMPLE GRANDIN FOR NDH EMPLOYER PARTNERS

“To help students with autism be successful, they need to learn job skills before they graduate.  Below are tips for employers:

  1. Never give vague instructions.

  2. Mentor employees with autism. When they make social mistakes, explain to them in private what they did wrong. Be direct.

  3. Provide a pilot's checklist for tasks that have many steps. This helps with working memory problems.

My books The Autistic Brain and Different, Not Less may be helpful.”

TEMPLE GRANDIN


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.


NEURODIVERSE EMPLOYMENT

FIVE BENEFITS OF HIRING NEURODIVERSE STAFF. Neurodiverse people bring many valuable and unique strengths to the workforce.

HOW TO BE INCLUSIVE OF AUTISM IN RECRUITMENT PRACTICES. Traditional recruitment processes can make it difficult for neurodiverse people to bring their best selves to the table. Learn how to recruit with greater inclusivity - in four steps.

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY ONBOARD YOUR NEW AUTISTIC EMPLOYEE. When hiring autistic people, transitioning them into your organisation through a great onboarding experience is critical to both their success and yours.  Keep your autistic talent happy, in six easy steps.

COMPANIES THAT HIRE NEURODIVERSE. In today’s workforce, many companies and organisations are learning the value of neurodiversity at work.


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 TRAINING PRESENTATIONS

(Landmark College)

Two useful presentation decks for employers from Landmark College, Putney, Vermont USA: “Managing a neurodiverse workforce” & “Hiring and working with individuals that learn differently”.


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.