Diversity Leadership Program - How to make workplaces inclusive of neurodiversity

Hosted by IBM Australia Limited
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Date: Thursday 4 Apr 2019
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm AEDT

IBM Australia Limited,
Level 22, 60 City Road, Southbank

Bookings close: 02 Apr 2019

At DCA’s next Diversity Leadership Program, we will look at how Australian employers can understand and include the talents and capabilities of neurodiverse people.

The concept of ‘neurodiversity’ has emerged to challenge the view that certain neurological conditions, such as autism, are a disability and instead recognise, respect and value these differences like any other human variation. These neurological differences include autism (ASD), Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and tics.

At DCA’s next Diversity Leadership Program, we will look at how Australian employers can understand and include the talents and capabilities of neurodiverse people.

Andrew Maxwell, DCA's Knowledge & Development Program Manager will moderate a panel discussion on how organisations can adopt leading-practice approaches for neurodiverse employees such as:

  • Recognising and harnessing untapped talent
  • Removing barriers to attraction, retention and progression
  • Using alternative pathways for recruitment
  • Creating work environments that are inclusive
  • Facilitating communication, interaction and self-expression
  • Establishing systems of support.

Four guest speakers will join us to share their insights including:

  1. John Craven, Chairman and Australian Co-founder of Specialisterne Australia, an organisation that helps employers understand, value, and include the unique skills and capabilities of people on the autism spectrum
  2. Chris Varney, Founder and CEO of the I CAN Network that aims to create a world that benefits from embracing autism
  3. Andrew Williams, Global Technical Offering Leader in IBM IGNITE ASD, will profile the work they are doing in North America, Japan, Latin America and Australia to recruit and provide pathways for neurodiverse job seekers
  4. Arun Bharatula, Policy Officer at the Australian Goverment's Department of Health, who was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability (visual-spatial learning disability) and will discuss his experience of both recruitment challenges and working in an inclusive workplace. 



FREE to members (in-person or on-line); $185 to non-members (in-person only)

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Diversity Leadership Program

This event is part of DCA’s Diversity Leadership Program, which provides an opportunity to hear the latest on leading practice in workplace diversity and inclusion – from organisations, social commentators, academics and thought leaders within the diversity field.

Who should attend

All DCA members. As a part of our commitment to gender balance at DCA events, we particularly encourage male representatives to attend this event alongside their female and gender diverse colleagues. We also recommend encouraging those in senior leadership roles to attend this particular event. Attendance at DCA events is free for all member employees and a significant benefit of membership that we urge you to maximise.


The venue is wheelchair accessible and at this event we will feature live-captioning. If you require an Auslan interpreter at this event you must RSVP with this requirement ASAP or at least 10 working days prior to the event and we will endeavour to secure this in-demand service for you. The event recording and transcript will be made available on the DCA website after the event. If you have any additional accessibility needs that would assist your participation at the event, please contact us on admin@dca.org.au

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This event may be photographed, videoed or audio-recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a recording of the event in which you may feature may be posted on DCA’s website or on social media and may also be used in DCA printed materials. By registering for this DCA event you accept the possibility that your photograph may be taken and the image used or shared by DCA for promotional and educational purposes. If you do not agree to this use please email a request to not be photographed to Melbourne@dca.org.au