2019 Summit – “Transitioning to a Neurodiverse Workplace”

The 3rd Australian Autism at Work summit was held at the Novotel on Collins, Melbourne, on Thursday 25 July 2019. The summit drew a range of people from diverse backgrounds; social work, psychologists, researchers, employers, autistic led organizations and autistic individuals.

The focus of this Summit was “transitions”. We heard from Keynotes John Marble and Lawrence Fung on the importance of the strengths approach and how to support a deeper understanding of the neurodiverse individual. Breakout room discussions explored the growing need for mental health support in the workplace, how to hire and retain autistic staff, and the exploration of life skills materials with Neurodiversity Hub. The summit provided great opportunities to network, learn and inspire change.

More photos, Videos of the presentations, and Resource Packs coming soon!

KEYNOTES AT 2019 AUTISM AT WORK – MELBOURNE

John Marble   Founder of PivotDiversity   Expertise:  Autism and Diversity in Technology   John's Linkedin

John Marble

Founder of PivotDiversity

Expertise: Autism and Diversity in Technology

John's Linkedin

Lawrence Fung   Director of Stanford Neurodiversity Project   Expertise:  Neuroscience, Psychiatry & Autism   Stanford Neurodiversity Project    Lawrence's LinkedIn

Lawrence Fung

Director of Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Expertise: Neuroscience, Psychiatry & Autism

Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Lawrence's LinkedIn

 
 

Photos from the 2019 summit - “transitioning to a neurodiverse workplace”


 
Innovation calls on firms to add variety to the mix—to include people and ideas from “the edges” of society. Neurodiverse groups offer a great competitive advantage.
— SAP

2018 Summit – “The Neurodiversity Advantage”

The Autism at Work summit, presented by Autism CRC, DXC Technology and ANZ, was held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2018.  Sponsored by Symantec, SAP and Peoplebank, the Autism at Work Summit explored the value of investing in a more neurodiverse workforce. The Summit program included keynote presentations from Paulette Penzvalto, autism advocate and Google employee from Silicon Valley; Jeanette Purkis, autism employment advocate, writer and speaker; and Matt Ormiston, Autism advocate, technologist and adventurer.

 Keynotes at 2018 Autism at Work – Melbourne

Paulette Penzvalto   Manager, Google   Expertise:  Autism & Employment    Paulette’s LinkedIn

Paulette Penzvalto

Manager, Google

Expertise: Autism & Employment

Paulette’s LinkedIn

Yenn Purkis   Autistic Author   Expertise:  Autism & Employment   Yenn’s Personal Site

Yenn Purkis

Autistic Author

Expertise: Autism & Employment

Yenn’s Personal Site

Matt Ormiston   Spectrum Program Director, ANZ   Expertise:  Autism, Employment, Parents with Autistic Children   The Spectrum Program    Matt’s LinkedIn

Matt Ormiston

Spectrum Program Director, ANZ

Expertise: Autism, Employment, Parents with Autistic Children

The Spectrum Program

Matt’s LinkedIn

Videos from 2018 Summit

Photos from 2018 Summit - “the neurodiversity advantage”

 
 

Resources from 2018 summit


 
The unemployment rate for people with autism spectrum disorders is more than 3 times the rate for those with a disability, and almost 6 times the rate of people without any disability.
Something needs to be done to change this!
— Autism CRC

2017 Summit – “Autism at Work”

Inspired by the successes in the United States, the first Autism at Work summit, presented by Autism CRC and DXC Technology, was held in Sydney, Australia in September 2017. The summit focused on raising awareness of autism at work.  The program included keynote presentations from Professor Susanne Bruyere, Director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, and Jeanette Purkis, autism employment advocate, writer and speaker, as well as presentations from a number of employers and industry speakers. After the Forum, an Autism at Work Employment Fair was held to discuss employment opportunities with autistic job seekers and their families. Over 70 autistic job seekers and their family and friends attended the employment fair with 11 organisations providing information on the day.

Keynotes at 2017 Autism at Work – Sydney

Susanne M. Bruyère   Professor, Cornell University   Expertise:  Disability Studies   Susanne’s LinkedIn

Susanne M. Bruyère

Professor, Cornell University

Expertise: Disability Studies

Susanne’s LinkedIn

Yenn Purkis   Autistic Author   Expertise:  Autism & Employment   Yenn’s Personal Site

Yenn Purkis

Autistic Author

Expertise: Autism & Employment

Yenn’s Personal Site

Natalie Phong   Human Resources, SAP   Expertise:  Best Practices in Neurodiversity Employment   Natalie’s LinkedIn

Natalie Phong

Human Resources, SAP

Expertise: Best Practices in Neurodiversity Employment

Natalie’s LinkedIn

Videos from 2017 Summit

PHOTOS FROM 2017 SUMMIT - “autism at work”

 
 

Resources from 2017 Summit