Many times, we’ve been approached by organisations who really want to include Autistic people but don’t know where to start. The idea is that Neurodiversity Training is all about making accommodations and this is true to some extent. AUsome Training can help your organisation to attract and promote Autistic talent. Creating an inclusive workplace begins with a cultural change and by creating a place of Acceptance and understanding which will attract Autistic talent and unlock the amazing potential your Autistic employees and managers can bring to your organisation.
Autistic people are creative thinkers, natural problem solvers and brilliant at spotting patterns or issues with patterns. We are able to hyper focus and become experts in our fields of interest. We are a huge asset to any organisation.
So how do we create a welcoming and inclusive environment in the workplace? We begin by looking at the culture and the current understanding of Autistic people. Every change we make will stem from a new appreciation for the Autistic person inspired by AUsome Training.
Communication is key in any organisation and communication begins with thought, so we need to change how we think about Autistic people. There are many myths and misinformation about Autistic people. Some people think that we lack empathy or have communication deficits. The fact is that none of this is true and AUsome Neurodiversity Training will equip you and your organisation with the knowledge that you need to make those positive changes.
Neurodiversity is a fast-growing concept that humans have a variety of different brains. As humans, we all have different genes and experiences and so these genetic components and experiences will shape our brains and thought processes.
Neurodiversity simply means that there is more than one brain type. Some people think that Neurodiversity includes Autistic people, dyslexia, dyspraxia, apraxia, ADHD and it does, but in reality Neurodiversity includes everyone because it means all human brains are diverse.
Neurodivergent then refers to people who are seen to be deviating from the “typical” brain or typical way of thinking and interacting. This includes people who are Autistic, ADHD, dyslexic, dyspraxic, apraxic, intellectually disabled, have dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and so on.
At AUsome Training however, we question the ideas around the over-medicalised way we see these differences and also ask people to consider how much they are missing out on by focusing on the prescribed lists of deficits rather than developing an appreciation for different ways we have of thinking, perceiving, interpreting and creating.
After all, we already know that diversity brings many positive things to any organisation so seeing Neurodivergent people as a positive asset can make wonderful things happen. Different perspectives bring new ideas and neurodivergent people are highly creative and can offer a fresh perspective.
If we stop believing the myths and deficit model we will begin to really see and appreciate Autistic people and the amazing advantages we can bring to organisations which have enough vision to see and realise our potential. Realistically with current figures between 1 in 59 and 1 in 30 people being Autistic, any large organisation is already going to have Autistic CEO’s, managers and staff, so why not harness the creativity and forward thinking that Autistic people can bring to your organisation and discover ways to promote an inclusive and successful environment through AUsome Neurodiversity Training.
Here’s what you can unlock by creating the optimum environment where Autistic talent feels welcome and appreciated:
We’ve put together some key points to start you on your journey towards creating an inclusive workplace which not only includes but appreciates and attracts Autistic talent. We expand and explain these key points in our AUsome Neurodiversity Training Programs.
Interview options need to be flexible. The only way to be truly inclusive is to offer choices so that people can select the option which will allow them to show themselves in the best light. Earlier I mentioned how Autistic people don’t naturally engage in social hierarchies and social games so an Autistic Attractive Interview will need to be adaptive to Autistic Culture.