The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published new data which suggests that only 22% of autistic adults are in any kind of employment. Within this shocking figure, many are suffering with poor morale and mental health associated with either the environment, processes, or interactions at work, with anxiety being the most common state experienced.
This event is an online webinar to raise awareness and give practical advice on how to become a neurodiversity confident employer. It is presented by Reece Coker and Ben Holmes, both of whom are autistic individuals and passionate advocates for autism and strengths based approaches. Each of them will deliver a presentation.
Several topics are covered in the presentations and these include:
- Communication – a look at how communication differences impact neurodiverse individuals at work.
- Anxiety – a detailed look at anxiety, together with advice, tips, and insight into how best to support neurodiverse individuals in the workplace.
- Sensory & Environmental issues – a detailed discussion on sensory differences, together with advice on how to adapt the work environment for neurodiverse individuals.
- The new NICE Kitemark for employers (Neurodiversity, Inclusivity, Confident, Employer) and how to achieve it!
This event runs on a regular basis and is open to the public. It may also be booked on demand by an organisation. For details on our next event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reece Coker is the founder of Positive Psychology Guild and an Honorary Lecturer at the Manchester University where he is a subject matter expert in the fields of qualitative research, autism, and neurodiversity. He is a fellow at the Institute of Leadership & Management and at the Royal Society of Public Health. He is an experienced trainer, psychologist, and sector expert within the subjects of Positive Psychology, Motivation, Organisational Development & Culture, Neurodiversity & Inclusion and Business Management. Reece is passionate about learning and development at all levels. He completed his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University in 2016, where his research focused on hope and fear, and is currently completing a PhD in Education and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University with a focus on courage, anxiety, and autism. He leads PPG’s Autism Centre and is keen to work with stakeholders within the areas of employment, mental health and wellbeing, and neurodiversity and inclusion.
Ben Holmes is an Education Officer at the PPG and the Autism Centre. He is a tutor for the Autism Awareness Diploma course and along with Reece he manages the NICE Kitemark Award. As a qualified Autism Awareness Practitioner, he is the founder of an autism and neurodiversity coaching and mentoring business. He is autistic and also has ADHD, dyspraxia, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Ben’s professional background is varied and includes working at football clubs, coaching sports, sales coaching, recruitment, warehousing work, office work, administration, and maintenance. He has first hand lived experience of working in many different workplaces and can authentically share his experience of these environments from the point of view of a neurodiverse individual. Ben aims to create autism acceptance and to educate and support others.