Neurodiversity-affirming workplaces: rethinking strategy, goals and culture

Learn about neurodivergent affirming practices and how to create a neurodivergent affirming workplace.



15 November 2023

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Neurodivergent affirming practices are the things we can do that eliminate barriers in successfully employing neurodivergent people. This might include autistic, ADHD or dyslexic people. Barriers exist because the workplace is designed for people who are neurotypical.

By looking at workplaces through a neurodivergent lens, we can see what barriers to engagement are embedded in the environment, work towards eliminating them and replacing with a more inclusive culture.

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Learning outcomes

  • Understand the terminology used to discuss neurodiversity: neurotypical, neurodivergence and neurodivergent affirming practice.
  • View a workplace through a neurodivergent lens to be able to improve accessibility for neurodivergent people.
  • Use a strategic model to evaluate your business' strategic plan for neurotypical bias.
  • Generate actions you can do today to transform your business into a neurodivergent affirming workplace.

Who is the session best suited to

This session is relevant for anyone who wants to know how to create a neurodivergent affirming workplace. This includes small business owners, decision makers or anyone who knows that diversity creates stronger environments and more competitive workplaces.

About the presenter

Kathleen McCarthy is the creator of hey!dhd, a business that works with individuals and organisations providing training programs, bespoke consultancy and mentoring for those wanting to develop a culture of neurodivergent affirming practice. Kathleen identifies as an autistic ADHD'er who is twice exceptional and lives with spatial sequence synaesthesia. She brings her experience and special interests to supporting neurodivergent people who want to develop the skills they need to be successful in learning and life, and workplaces and schools who want to develop a culture of neurodivergent affirming practice.

Kathleen McCarthy

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