Many technical and engineering workers have characteristics described as being within the "Autism Spectrum". Many have formal diagnoses, and many more just identify with a number of the AS characteristics. In this light, it makes sense for managers to become familiar with the characteristics and needs of their staff in order to provide the best and most productive working environment.
In the workplace, architecture ideally serves as a tool to achieve the highest level of productivity, efficiency, creativity, and safety. The objective of this research is to introduce architectural solutions for high-functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the workplace. While this population of employees can provide an edge in innovative thinking for many companies, they currently lack the architectural outlet to be able to express their knowledge andskills. This study represents the most common sensory processing characteristics of adults with autism organized into three groups: 'hypersensitive', 'hyposensitive', and 'interference'. Using autistic employees as a user model allows for the discovery of design needs that neuro-typical employees might not recognize as necessary. This thesis presents a possible prototype for a workplace environment that enhances the productivity, efficiency, and creativity of not onlyautistic employees, but all employees.
An Employer’s Guide to Managing and Working with Neurodivergent Employees, Clients and Customers
Author: Victoria Honeybourne
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Estimates suggest that up to 20% of employees, customers and clients might have a neurodivergent condition - such as dyslexia, autism, Asperger's, ADHD or dyspraxia - yet these individuals often struggle to gain and maintain employment, despite being very capable. This practical, authoritative business guide will help managers and employers support neurodiverse staff, and gives advice on how to ensure workplaces are neuro-friendly. The book demonstrates that neurodiversity is a natural aspect of human variation to be expected and accepted, rather than a deficit to be accommodated. Employer responsibilities are highlighted, including the 2010 Equality Act, and a range of strategies and policies are provided, including recruitment advice and the benefits of neurodiverse employees, along with advice on physical environments, interaction and communication, and working with clients and customers. This book is an ideal resource for all employers wanting to support and empower people with specific needs to help create a more inclusive workplace, benefiting both neurodiverse individuals and the companies employing them.
This proactive guide brings the relationship between work life and mental well-being into sharp focus, surveying common challenges and outlining real-life solutions. The authors’ approach posits managers as the chief mental health officers of their teams, offering both a science-based framework for taking stock of their own impact on the workplace and strategies for improvement. Areas for promoting mental wellness include reducing stress and stigma, building a safe climate for talking about mental health issues, recognizing at-risk employees, and embracing diversity and neurodiversity. Emphasizing key questions to which managers should be attuned, the book speaks to its readers—whether in corporate, nonprofit, start-up, or non-business organizations—as a friendly and trusted mentor. Featured in the coverage: · Mind the mind: how am I doing, and how can I do better? · Dare to care: how are my people doing, and how might I help? · Building blocks for mental health: how do I manage my team? · Stress about stressors: what is constantly changing in the environment? · Changing my organization and beyond: how can I have a greater impact? Compassionate Management of Mental Health in the Modern Workplace holds timely relevance for managers, human resources staff, chief medical officers, development heads in professional service firms, union or employee organization leaders, legal and financial professionals, and others in leadership and coaching positions. “Workplace mental health: Wow! A subject that frightens most managers. If they read this book, they will strengthen their own skills and transform their workplace and our society.” Donna E. Shalala, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami; former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services “Mental health is an underappreciated, and oft-misunderstood challenge that is growing in the modern workplace. This book provides leaders with practical advice to address mental health challenges in their organization and improve productivity and wellbeing. This is a topic that can no longer be ignored by leaders in any field, and a book that will fundamentally change the way we think about and help improve mental health in the workplace.” Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Building on work in feminist studies, queer studies and critical race theory, this volume challenges the universality of propositions about human nature, by questioning the boundaries between predominant neurotypes and ‘others’, including dyslexics, autistics and ADHDers. This is the first work of its kind to bring cutting-edge research across disciplines to the concept of neurodiversity. It offers in-depth explorations of the themes of cure/prevention/eugenics; neurodivergent wellbeing; cross-neurotype communication; neurodiversity at work; and challenging brain-bound cognition. It analyses the role of neuro-normativity in theorising agency, and a proposal for a new alliance between the Hearing Voices Movement and neurodiversity. In doing so, we contribute to a cultural imperative to redefine what it means to be human. To this end, we propose a new field of enquiry that finds ways to support the inclusion of neurodivergent perspectives in knowledge production, and which questions the theoretical and mythological assumptions that produce the idea of the neurotypical. Working at the crossroads between sociology, critical psychology, medical humanities, critical disability studies, and critical autism studies, and sharing theoretical ground with critical race studies and critical queer studies, the proposed new field – neurodiversity studies – will be of interest to people working in all these areas.
This book is aimed at business schools around the globe. We offer rich case studies, teaching notes and assessment ideas to help business educators embed sustainability in curriculum. These international case studies are situated in Mauritius, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and India however they have global applicability. Each chapter is a joint creation with an industry or government partner and uses original research written in the form of a case study. Active learning through case studies opens opportunities to change attitudes and to find creative solutions. In this book, we present ten chapters written as case studies covering a diverse number of sustainability topics – from tourism, health care, human resource management, climate change and supply chain management. Each case study is accompanied by detailed teaching notes and assessment questions as well as marking guides. There are also two chapters discussing sustainability discourse and discipline in higher education. The detailed cases can be immediately applied in the classroom.
This book defines neuro-diversity and neuro-divergence in a workplace context. It continues on to outline both the effects of neuro-diversity on employees and also the ways in which a manager can positively utilise their neuro-diverse employees to optimise organisational productivity and innovation. Finally, this book explores ways in which managers and team leaders can address and accommodate neuro-diversity needs of their employees to optimise organisational culture and enhance staff performance.
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Author: Steve Silberman
A New York Times bestseller Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives. Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, whose “little professors” were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of "neurodiversity" activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences.
Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Related Conditions
Author: Sarah Hendrickx
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
This is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions as they affect adolescents and adults. A wide range of conditions are covered, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's and Anxiety Disorders.
Neurodiversity in the workplace can be a gift. Yet only 15% of adults with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) are in full-time employment. This book examines how the working environment can embrace autistic people in a positive way. The author highlights common challenges in the workplace for people with ASC, such as discrimination and lack of communication or the right kind of support from managers and colleagues, and provides strategies for changing them. Setting out practical, reasonable adjustments such as a quiet room or avoiding disruption to work schedules, this book demonstrates how day to day changes in the workplace can make it more inclusive and productive for all employees. Autism in the Workplace is intended for any person with an interest in changing working culture to ensure equality for autistic people. It is an essential resource for employers, managers, trade unionists, people with ASCs and their workmates and supporters.
From Workplace Dilemma to Workplace Freedom a Guide for Neurodivergent Employees
Author: Leigh O"Regan
This book is aimed at employees who identify as being neurodivergent or are part of the many neurodiverse communities in our workplaces, universities, schools and world. This book provides the background and is the companion book to NeuroDiversity Works Here! Which addressed the needs of our global neurodivergent workforce, and provided insight to managers, team leaders and business owners on how the talents and strengths of neurodivergent employees could enhance and create higher levels of profitability for their business. In this book, I am exploring the more personal side of this experience, from a lived experience. This is an uplifting and positively focussed book that will guide you through the often heady maze of workplace minimisation, denial and dismissiveness into a world where your contributions and your skills are more highly valued and sought after than ever before!
Getting the Greatest Value from a Traditionally Overlooked Resource
Author: William J. Rothwell
Category: Career development
Recruiting talent from among the disabled population poses unique challenges, which often are not adequately addressed by potential employers. Although the job market now mostly favors employers, this situation will change due to demographic changes. In Winning the Talent War through Neurodiversity: Getting the Greatest Value from a Traditionally Overlooked Resource, William J. Rothwell and Jonathan D. Zion show how employers can overcome future talent shortages by tapping into the often-overlooked pool of talent comprising people with disabilities (PWDs). Few books examine the human resources processes relating to people with disabilities, and this one provides a range of new insights. Legal issues and the role of recruiting firms are dealt with, and the authors provide a disability recruiting score-card for rating firms' performance. Lastly, advice is offered about avenues for employment for PWDs who aren't suited to working in companies and other organizations. This is a book for anyone involved in developing HR strategies or with responsibility for how human resources are utilized in general, who are interested in improving the methods used to recruit and retain people with disabilities.
How can society best respond to people with atypical neurological development? Should we concentrate on providing medical care, or on ensuring civil rights? Addressing these questions, Dana Lee Baker offers a provocative analysis of the ways that intersecting agendas¿prevention, civil rights, providing specialized care, and celebrating disability culture¿compete to make disability rights policy. The result is a thoughtful and timely consideration of the tensions shaping all quarters of disability advocacy.
Loving Your Place on the Spectrum: A Neurodiversity Blueprint provides answers to many of your questions about autism, helping you to embrace neurodiversity and love your autistic self and the autistic people in your life. Jude Morrow speaks from personal experience when he says that he has learned to be proud to be autistic and he wants you to be proud too. Browse through the many books available on autism and you might notice a trend: too many of them are written by neurotypical professionals who aim to “fix” autism or help autistic people appear “normal.” Jude Morrow noticed this problem and decided that something needed to change. Loving Your Place on the Spectrum is a guide for living a happy and successful autistic life. Jude combines his own experiences as an autistic man with the stories of others to provide a handbook to help autistic individuals navigate life’s major changes, from childhood to college, jobs, and relationships. Each chapter identifies common issues faced by autistic people of a particular age or social group and explains how educators, teachers, parents, and professionals can be supportive through all these life stages. The world needs a new perspective on autism, and Jude Morrow’s Loving Your Place on the Spectrum provides parents, workplaces, individuals, and society an alternative, strengths-based viewpoint, where autistic people are accepted, embraced, and loved.
Beyond the Workplace Zoo offers high-level pragmatic guidance on office design that meets basic human needs, drawing on the fields of psychology anthropology, sociology and zoology. As an environmental psychologist, Dr Oseland takes an evidence-based and human-centric approach to workplace design, resulting in workplaces that enhance wellbeing and performance thus enabling the occupants to thrive rather than simply survive. The book begins by outlining the common design mistakes with the modern office and the industry focus on cost that has resulted in the ill-fated workplace zoo. The requirements of office-based workers according to psychological theory and research are then explained. Dr Oseland references early psychophysics to determine the environmental conditions required to enhance performance by supporting basic physiological needs. More contemporary research in environmental psychology highlights how personality and other personal factors affect our requirements. This in turn informs individual requirements for the workplace as well as group needs. The impact of studies in evolutionary psychology and biophilia are also considered. The later part of the book turns to workplace solutions, it focuses on how to plan, design and manage offices to accommodate human needs now and in the future. The importance of designing for inclusivity is also recognised, including designing spaces for neurodiversity. Dr Oseland's proposed workplace solution The Landscaped Office is a revived and revised version of Bürolandschaft with a contemporary twist. The impact of workplace trends, such as agile and hybrid working, complement the workplace solution, resulting in the Agile Landscaped Office. This book is key reading for professionals, and post-graduate students, in business, interior design, architecture, surveying, facilities management, building services engineering, HR and organisational or environmental psychology.
The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students and new graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The fourth book helps young adults to develop strategies for successfully managing workplace challenges, both before they enter the workplace and during employment. Students or recent graduates are shown how to identify and develop strategies to overcome common challenges associated with ASD in the workplace. These include communication and social interactions with colleagues, working in a team, proactively and successfully managing workload, dealing with stress, and managing their emotions. Ideal for graduates to use independently or for students in their last year of college, each chapter has a lesson-based progressive structure, providing valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class. Self-assessment tools ensure the skills from each chapter can be reviewed and adjusted as necessary. The book can be used on its own or in conjunction with the other books in the BASICS curriculum for a complete program of self-development.
Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers, Strategies for Conquering Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done and Skills to Strengthen Executive Functioning
Author: Alexia F. Randall
Category: Family & Relationships
If you're a woman with an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you've probably known that you're different all your life. As women, we learn which types of behavior, thought, studying, and working are favored, approved and tolerated, and frowned upon. Such interests are expressed in countless ways, from the media and books to our first-grade classroom to our classmates and parents. Throughout a lifetime, people with ADHD discover through various channels that the way they think, work, speak, communicate, and behave is not in line with the world's preferred approach. They know, in short, that the difference is evil. And since those women know they're different, they're told that they're wrong. It is the time to embrace yourself the way you are and to understand the way how your brain works and for others to understand the condition of their beloved ladies fighting with ADHD and help them in managing stuff and in growing. In this guide, you will learn: - How to manage time? - How to break different barriers and grow in various phases of life? - How to get success in the workplace? - How to organize your home family and social life - How to help your beloved lady in dealing with ADHD? This workbook will help guide you if you're ready to develop a strong, brave, and comfortable sense of self, accept your unique brain-based differences, and build your strengths.