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Medical Model vs Social Model of Disability: A Helpful Guide

Understanding disability is a crucial aspect of fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace. In the realm of disability perspectives, two primary models often come into play: the Medical Model and the Social Model. This article will provide you with an overview of these models and their relevance in the context of the neurodivergent community. We’ll

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Inclusive Behaviours: A Guide for People Leaders

As People Leaders, your role goes beyond managing tasks; it extends to nurturing a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusivity. When it comes to supporting your neurodivergent employees, it’s essential to foster inclusive behaviors that make everyone feel welcomed and valued. This article will provide you with practical examples of inclusive behaviors and encourage

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A People Leader’s Guide to Supporting Dyslexia in the Workplace

Dyslexia is a common learning difference that affects the way people process and understand written language. As a People Leader, it’s important to understand dyslexia and be aware of the challenges individuals with dyslexia may face in the workplace. This guide will provide you with insights into dyslexia, common challenges, and practical ways to support

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A People Leader’s Guide to Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. As a People Leader, it’s crucial to understand what OCD is, dispel common myths and misconceptions, and recognise the unique challenges individuals with OCD may face in the workplace. This guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to support

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Supporting Your ADHD Employees with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD): A Guide for People Leaders

Navigating the workplace can be a challenging endeavor for anyone, but for employees with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the journey often comes with an extra layer of complexity. One aspect of ADHD that doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD). In this article, we’ll explore what RSD looks like in the

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How Employers Can Adapt Interview Questions for Autistic Jobseekers

Adapting the question structure and providing a printout of job interview questions can help autistic jobseekers answer questions better in a job interview, according to a UK study. Researchers recruited fifty adults (25 autistic, 25 non-autistic) and asked them to participate in two mock interviews for a job. The adults were first provided standard interview

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How Employers Should Respond to Accommodations from Neurodivergent People

Disclosure of accommodation needs in the workplace can be challenging for neurodivergent individuals, who may worry about stigma, discrimination, or negative attitudes from their colleagues or employers. However, employers who respond to accommodation requests in a positive and supportive way can create a more inclusive and welcoming work environment that benefits everyone. Here are some

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How Employers Can Help Autistic People with Workplace Adjustments

Employers must take a more proactive role in identifying, suggesting and implementing adjustments for their autistic employees as opposed to placing the burden solely on the employee, a UK study has found. “Organisations should move away from disclosure as a necessity and provide employees with the information, resources and tools they need to make informed

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What Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Can Teach Us About Autism

Rachel Worsley analyses a peer-reviewed study about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views on autism to shed insight as part of NAIDOC Week 2021. Although autism is one of the most researched neurodevelopmental conditions, there has been minimal research done about the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. A 2020 study published in

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