How to be a Neurodiversity Confident Employer
The training was great, the trainers were autistic and were able to share experiences and were very knowledgeable… Overall it was fantastic and I have recommended it to the HR department for them to put more people on it.Training participant Feb 2023
View details for our next open training dates
3-Part online course (via Zoom):
Session 1: Thursday 25 January 1.30 – 3.15 pm
Session 2: Thursday 1 February 1.30 – 3.00 pm
Session 3: Thursday 8 February 1.30 – 3.00 pm
Would you like to:
- Become a more inclusive employer?
- Enhance the confidence of your team to recruit, retain and promote neurodivergent staff?
This training course is similar to our Autism Works! course in terms of format and delivery, but contains a broader overview of the different neurodivergences and neurodiversity.
Training with lived experience at its heart
This interactive professional training, developed with a neurodiverse Advisory Group, has lived experience at its core. It is designed to equip professionals to understand the diverse capabilities and skill-sets neurodivergent people can bring to their workforce, and build confidence in recruiting, retaining, and promoting neurodivergent staff.
Topics we cover:
- What is neurodiversity and neurodivergence
- An overview of different types of neurodivergence: ADHD, autism, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette’s/tic disorders
- Neurodivergent friendly work environment
- Recruitment and induction
- Retention and career progression
- Further resources and information
Who is this training for?
The course is aimed at professionals responsible for managing staff or work environments, or for those wishing to develop good organisational practices. It is suitable for work teams and anyone with an interest in inclusive work practices.
How is this training delivered?
This is a 3-part online course delivered by neurodivergent trainers and consultants interactively to small groups of up to 16 participants. We ask that participants attend all three sessions of the course as these build on one another. We also offer this course in person across one full day or two half days.
For further information about our training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate TrainerAbout Suzanne
Suzanne is one of our Associate Trainers. Having held many programme and project management roles, she has a depth of understanding of the corporate and small business worlds.
Suzanne returned to Edinburgh to work in neurodiversity training, coaching life skills with young disabled people, and in IT development.
- Year Joined: 2020
- Hobbies: Music, writing poetry and lyrics, playing squash
- Wanted to Be When They Grew Up: Architect
Associate TrainerAbout Fiona
Fiona is one of our Associate Trainers.
Fiona, a disability advocate and consultant, has delivered autism and neurodiversity training to employers, muti-disciplinary practitioners and on university courses.
Fiona is active in the autism communities as a Trustee of Scottish Autism, a Committee member of Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh and an Executive Director of the European Council of Autistic People. Fiona is an active member of the Autism Cross Party Group and was on the Working Group for the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s report on Autism in Adults (CR228). Fiona is also a co-facilitator on Autism Rights Group Highland’s Scottish Government funded post diagnosis support group for parents.
After graduating from Manchester University, Fiona qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and worked in the financial sector for 19 years. Positions included Head of Group Financial Reporting at Royal Bank of Scotland and Vice President Accounting Advisory at Citigroup.
Fiona is multiply neurodivergent and received her autism diagnosis 15 years ago, a year after her youngest daughter.
- Year Joined: 2020
- Secret Talent: Speed typing
- Dream Holiday Destination: Any country with a new culture and dry heat
Associate TrainerAbout Tanya
Tanya is one of our Associate Trainers. She is a Chartered Librarian who has worked in both public libraries and school libraries (both primary and secondary) for many years. In addition to working as an Autism Works Trainer, Tanya currently works part time as Project Lead Librarian for a public library service. In this role, she creates, obtains funding for, and manages various projects.
Tanya is a board member for the autistic led charity the Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN). Tanya is also a professional storyteller and has shared stories with many different groups of people, from children in nurseries, to adults living with dementia. Tanya has two autistic children and recently received her own autism diagnosis.
- Year Joined: 2020
- Secret Talent: I can spin wool and have 2 beautiful spinning wheels
- Pets: 2 dogs – a whippet who is full of mischief, and a greyhound who loves getting his ears rubbed
Associate TrainerAbout Patrick
Patrick is one of our Associate Trainers, in addition to his role as our Marketing & Social Media Officer.
Patrick has dyspraxia and was diagnosed when he was 8.
- Year Joined: 2021
- Favourite Film: The Goonies
- Biggest Achievement: Winning an episode of Fifteen to One