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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

Webinar: The Neurodiverse Workforce: Tapping into the autism advantage movement

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While as many as 1 in every 59 people are on the autism spectrum (CDC, 2018), 31.6% of working age autistic Australians are unemployed (ABS, 2015). This is more than three times the unemployment rate of people with disability (10.0%) and almost six times the rate of people without disability (5.3%).

We know autistic individuals have significant abilities and skills to offer the workforce but face significant barriers to employment in the traditional recruitment system.

Commonly dubbed the ‘Autism Advantage’, many employers are now realising there is a talent pool of untapped talent that they aren’t accessing as a result of the interview process.

An innovative approach at Specialisterne Australia aims to break down these barriers by transforming the traditional recruitment process enabling autistic individuals to access meaningful opportunities and enabling employers to access autistic talent.

This NDCO presented webinar will look at strategies for supporting individuals on their transition to employment and explore ideas for working with employers to think differently about their recruitment process to tap into the 'autism advantage'.


Vicky Little is the Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne Australia based in Sydney. Vicky is a passionate disability consultant, trainer and mentor with over 12 years’ experience in the field of autism employment in Australia and the UK. Her experience includes establishing and delivering autism specific recruitment programs, training employers and higher education institutes and establishing NSW’s first autism specific employment service, Aspect Capable.

Specialisterne assists organisations to access, embrace and integrate skilled autistic individuals into the workplace through alternative recruitment pathways and autism education. Vicky is passionate about enabling employers to tap into the skills and strengths of autistic individuals and empowering workplaces to embrace inclusion and neurodiversity

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On-line webinar

Dates and times

27 Sep 2018 12:00pm AEST
27 Sep 2018  1:00pm AEST