Event 3: Developing neuro-inclusive workplaces
In this event we discuss hiring, adapting and developing neurodiverse talent in our organisations.
When: Wednesday 16 June at 1pm
Make a pledge
This session will aim to raise awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace and inspire you to take steps to encourage neurodivergent job applicants, adapt your hiring process and support all employees to achieve their potential. What role can training and L&D play in helping employers drive innovation, productivity and talent retention by embracing different types of minds.
Be an advocate
Make a pledge and receive a digital credential
“I pledge to always have an open mind and ensure I am communicative with people I work with. I will ask questions to find out about them and their situation. I will always recognise that everyone has something positive to contribute and may struggle with different situations.”
“I pledge to be mindful and pay attention to individual needs and continue to educate myself and those around me on how best to work and empower people in a unique and meaningful ways.”
“I pledge to develop my understanding of neurodiversity and improve our education programmes and resources to ensure greater accessibility. I will champion a positive narrative to focus on strengths and successes.”
“I pledge to do my very best to make our workplace a diverse and inclusive place for everyone. I want to make some changes today, it can start with me, thinking about everyone as an individual not as having a ‘label’ attached to them, which is what can so easily happen, I do it to myself – we can start with the recruitment process and it will filter through every step of the employees journey with us. It’s all about the Culture!”
We want to help everyone raise awareness of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. We are giving you the opportunity to make a pledge to building equity, claim a digital credential and share with your networks.
Fill in the form below with your pledge and we will send you a digital credential. You can find out more about this digital credential on the Credly website: credly.com/org/city-guilds-foundation/badge/different-types-of-minds
Professor Amanda Kirby
CEO of Do-IT Solutions
Professor Amanda Kirby has an international reputation in the field of Neurodiversity. She is a trustee of the ADHD Foundation, works closely with the BDA, Dyspraxia Foundation and several Autism charities. She has written 8 books and more than 100 research papers in the field and is an emeritus professor at the University of South Wales and an honorary professor at Cardiff University. Her 9th book will be published in the Summer: ‘Neurodiversity at Work, Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce’.
Her other previous books have been targeted at parents at all stages of parenting and educational professionals including https://www.amazon.co.uk/Succeed-Specific-Learning-Difficulties-University/dp/028564243X
She is importantly a parent of neurodivergent children, and grandchildren and a GP. Her personal experiences drove her to change career in order to understand more about neurodiversity for herself and her family.
She founded and ran a clinical and research team for 15 years relating to neurodiversity supporting 1000s of families and subsequently completed a PhD in emerging adulthood in neurodiversity.
She delivers the first UK accredited course on Neurodiversity in the Workplace and has developed the Neurodiversity Aware Standard with the ADHD Foundation.
She is the CEO of Do-IT Solutions, who are Disability Confident Leaders. Do-IT is an innovative tech for good company providing web-based screening and assessment tools relating to neurodiversity for all ages. She was chosen as one of the top 20 LinkedIn voices in the UK for 2020 and has one other international and national accolades including being voted nationally in the past as the UK GP of the Year.
Founder of Me.Decoded
Hi, my name is Helen Needham and I am autistic. I founded Me.Decoded in June 2018 because I am passionate about Neurodiversity and bringing about a change in the world where Neurodiversity is embraced by all.
I was diagnosed in July 2017 at the age of 41, three years after my son was diagnosed at the age of 5. We had no idea before he was diagnosed, and quickly entered into a new world that we were not prepared for. There were some difficult years as we battled against exclusion, but he is now in a school which is able to support him.
My diagnosis has given me a new lens on my own life and has helped to explain many of the things that I have silently struggled with. It has empowered me to find a new way of working with those around me, and this has had a significant impact on my career.
When I first read about Neurodiversity, I was attracted by the viewpoint of being perceived as different not less. This is what I want for my son and I. I know that achieving Neurodiversity won’t be easy and there are many hurdles which will need to be overcome to achieve this. That said, I am determined to do what I can to positively encourage people to adopt the changes required to make it happen.
I work in financial services as a management consultant, and for a long time, I struggled with increasing social expectations without knowing why. At work, I have chosen to speak to others about my diagnosis, and I am establishing a new neurodiversity network. Through this, I have found other neurodivergent people willing to share their stories and help me to bring about a change in the workplace. This is still in its early stages, but I am hopeful that we will able to bring about the changes that we need to be successful at work.
Having seen the difference that talking out, with the right support and understanding, can have on bringing about big changes for the Neurodivergent, I now want to help drive bringing about that change on a wider scale.
Can training be a catalyst for driving inclusion and diversity in our organisations?
Join us for a month-long series of pop-up events offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation.
Event 1: Race inclusion - supporting black talent
Explore the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups.
When: Wednesday 02 June at 1pm
- Frank Douglas, CEO of Caerus Executive, City & Guilds Trustee, People Management D&I Power List 2020
- Sophie Williams, anti-racism advocate and author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black
Event 2: Marginalised groups - prison leavers
Event 3: Developing neuro-inclusive workplaces
Event 4: Empowering LGBTQ+ people to succeed
What type of training do organisations need to ensure the retention and advancement of LGBTQ+ employees.
When: Tuesday 22 June at 11am
- Tanya Compas, Youth Worker, Campaigner and Founder of Exist Loudly
- Dr Ann Limb CBE DL FRSA, Chair of The Scouts, Vice-Chair of the City and Guilds of London Institute, Number 1 Public Sector Executive OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019
- Jason Sloan, Organisational Development Lead, GSK, INvolve Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model
Event 5: Gender Diversity - a women's panel
Exploring how training is driving women inclusion in male-dominated industries.
When: Wednesday 30 June at 1pm
- Sonya Byers, Chief Executive of Women in Transport
- Alexandra Evreinoff, Managing Director of INvolve
- Charly Young, CEO of The Girls' Network
- Carmen Watson, Managing Director at Pertemps