10 Sep 2020| Online

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Thursday 10th September 2020 | Online

Operating in a world which was not designed for you can present significant challenges. Neurodivergent staff and jobseekers are often disadvantaged by traditional systems which organisations have in place. 

Failing to address these barriers puts your organisation at a significant disadvantage, given neurodiversity presents unique competitive advantages in the workplace. Talents associated with neurodivergence include an exceptional ability to spot patterns, increased creativity and problem- solving skills. 

At our ‘Neurodiversity in the Workplace’ event, you will receive expert insight into different forms of neurodiversity (such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD) and the unique attributes associated with each. Through workshops, case studies, and personal perspectives which consider the contexts of office environments and working from home, you will be provided with the understanding needed to create a neurodiverse workplace that enables both staff and business to thrive.  

Neurodiversity in the Workplace is also taking place in London on 14th January. Click here to visit the event page

Click here to view the full agenda
Key Speakers:
  • Casandra Marrero, Modern Comms Product Marketing Manager and Accessibility Champion, Microsoft
  • Nick Mckeown, Risk and Compliance (GRC), HMRC
  • Dr. Nancy Doyle, CEO and Founder, Genius Within
  • Matt Boyd, Founder, Exceptional Individuals
  • Oliver Fenghour, Founding Director, Advance: The Disability Consultants

  • Daniel Aherne, Director, Adjust
  • Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate
  • Kirsty Cook, Lead Job Coach, Auticon
Why attend? 
  • Learn how to recruit, manage and support neurodivergent staff, ensuring that they have equal opportunities to progress and flourish within your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas on increasing and supporting neurodiversity in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about how to educate staff and foster understanding of neurodiversity within your organisation
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and your peers
Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an neurodiverse workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions; and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here
To request a manual booking form, please email conference.admin@dodsgroup.com


Welcoming session 

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Dods PLC  

Chair's introduction

SPEAKER: Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate

The Neurodiversity Paradigm: neurodiversity as workplace asset rather than obstacle
  • Understanding neurodiversity as an innate way of thinking rather than a medical issue
  • Examining different types of neurodivergence
  • Increasing innovation and plurality of thought: the competitive advantage of neurodiversity at work
  • Understanding how neurodiversity, home working and mental health intersect

SPEAKER: Daniel Aherne, Director, Adjust

The Social Model: developing neurodiversity-friendly workplace policy and practice
  • Using the Social Model as a guide when making adjustments and educating staff
  • Understanding legal obligations and responsibilities for employers
  • Examples of helpful reasonable adjustments for office and remote working contexts

SPEAKER: Dr. Nancy Doyle, CEO and Founder, Genius Within

Comfort Break
Employer case studies: attracting and recruiting neurodiverse talent
  • Adapting role descriptions to attract and include neurodivergent candidates
  • Providing opportunities for disclosure during the recruitment process
  • Interview best practice and considering alternative assessments
  • Ensuring applicant filtering and progression methods do not disadvantage neurodivergent candidates

SPEAKER: Kirsty Cook, Lead Job Coach, Auticon

SPEAKER: Matt Boyd, Founder, Exceptional Individuals

Workshop: Managing a neurodiverse workforce and ensuring fair progression
  • Providing feedback and communicating clearly with neurodivergent staff
  • Creating structures for support and prioritising wellbeing
  • Training and educating managers to support neurodiversity in their teams
  • Managing and supporting neurodivegent staff working remotely

SPEAKER: Oliver Fenghour, Founding Director, Advance: The Disability Consultants

Break for Lunch
Personal insight: workplace experiences from a neurodivergent point of view

SPEAKER: Nick Mckeown, Risk and Compliance (GRC), HMRC

Neurodivergence & individuality: increasing understanding and shifting perspectives
  • Re-examining the language around neurodiversity
  • Moving away from generalisation, towards a nuanced understanding of neurodivergence and individuality
  • Valuing each staff member for their unique traits and contributions
  • Building neurodiverse teams which play to each member’s strengths

SPEAKER: Casandra Marrero, Modern Comms Product Marketing Manager and Accessibility Champion, Microsoft

Chair's closing remarks

SPEAKER: Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate

Event close