Hosted by the Chartered Management Institute.
How can managers and workplaces support and embrace neurodiversity?
In this session, we will consider the legislation that relates to neurodiversity, and discuss the social and medical models of disability.
Our speakers will share findings from research and lived experience on inclusion versus integration approaches to neurodiversity, and how a neurodiverse workforce can bring unique talents and strengths to an organisation.
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She has also held positions at the University of Northampton (teaching predominantly Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) and at the University of Birmingham on their Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) and Autism (Children’s) courses. Sarah’s teaching career began in a middle school, and it was as their SENCo that she developed an interest in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Whilst a Specialist Teacher for both Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), she supported individuals and their families, but also delivered continuing professional development for school and local authority staff. She has a PG Cert in Working with Individuals (children, young people, and adults) on the Autism Spectrum. Her PhD is in applying attachment theory to the classroom context and, more recently, her work has considered the overlap in presenting behaviours between autism, pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and attachment needs
Lucie Hamilton is an Educational Research Assistant and associate lecturer in Education at Anglia Ruskin University in the HEMS faculty. She has taught students on the BA Early Childhood Studies course alongside assisting the Professor in Education and other colleagues with various research projects. After a short period of temporary work at ARU, Lucie was appointed as the full time Education Research Assistant in March 2022.
Lucie has worked in education for 12 years in a range of settings and roles, including SEND provision, mainstream schools and private nurseries. In addition to the projects that she assists on, Lucie is also working on her own project looking at Home Educated applicants to HEI’s in England, with a focus on widening the participation for another marginalised group.
Lucie is a member of an International Research Network currently exploring child participation through the pandemic alongside contributing to projects looking at various areas such as widening access for autistic students in higher education, carers in academia, transitions from primary into secondary school and the neuroscience behind learning through play. Interests include alternative education, child voice and wellbeing, widening participation and neuroeducation.
Simon is passionate about neurodiversity and particularly interested in the generation of progression opportunities that will unlock the true potential of neurodivergent employees so that organisations can also see the benefit.
Simon has known himself to be neurodivergent since 2000 (Dyslexia) and in 2019 he was formally diagnosed with ASC. In addition to his neuro-divergent strengths of hyperfocus and perceptual problem-solving, he has discovered his effectiveness in analysing environments, visualising systems, and supporting people in identifying synergies between internal environmental factors and the talents and challenges that ND employees can bring to an organisation.
Using these skills, He adapted a combination of different strategic management and strategy generation tools to create a framework for managers to use in creating a psychologically safe, inclusive team culture.