Neurodiversity at Work: The Power of Difference to Fuel Innovation and Inclusivity

Date and Time

Starts:08/18/2022 12:00 PM

Ends:08/18/2022 1:30 PM

Registration Closes:08/17/2022 4:00 PM

Event Type: Webinar

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: Free

Non-Members: $45 + taxes

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Neurodiversity is part of the larger 2022 mandate of diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees. In this program you will better understand the unique aspects of the neurodiverse individual. With this deeper understanding, the components of a welcoming workplace to the neurodiverse individuals will be introduced including workplace infrastructure, acceptable naming and nomenclature and most importantly how to build a strong team that welcomes and celebrates difference.

Learning Objectives

• Benefits of ND: The unexpected benefits of promoting neurodiversity in driving innovation, better understanding of customer base while enhancing the employee's sense of being seen as a unique individual.

• Identifying and Recognizing ND:  Neurodiversity will be discussed from a medical and neuroscience perspective so the invisible differences will be easier to recognize and support.

• Enhancing workplace infrastructure:  Office setup, staffing structures, and communications are examples of workplace elements that can be enhanced. Sensory sensitivity, movement needs, environmental tidiness, and challenges with paraverbal cues are some examples of issues to be addressed. 

 • Words matter: The nomenclature and labelling of neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals is still evolving - clinical and social research is ongoing. How do we address the individual’s preferred language? 

• Supporting others to support: It is important to support and nurture the journey of all individuals, teams and leaders in their ability to support the neurodiversity of colleagues, and/or of themselves. Training, education, and responsive environments are key element of a successful workplace strategy

Who should attend this program:

  • HR Professionals
  • Managers and Leaders
  • Anyone interested in learning more

Program Agenda

  • Content 25-30 mins
  • Lite Q&A 10-15 mins
  • Reflection Time and Teaching Aids 20 mins
  • Final Q&A 20-25 mins

Speaker bio(s)
Dr. Barry Simon, Psychiatrist, Executive Coach, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto

Dr. Simon is an entertaining and engaging speaker and workshop facilitator who inspires audiences to tap into psychological potency to not just survive these challenging times but to flourish in work - and in life. Barry blends a variety of neuroscience-backed techniques with emotional intelligence development to ease stress, enhance productivity and invigorate a sense of personal purpose – empowering leaders from the inside out.

Dr. Simon is offering this webinar as part of his partnership with HealthOne Corporate Wellness.