Autism, Neurodiversity and Employment: Working Together for Positive Futures
by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc. Registered Developmental Educator/Director NeuroEmploy Pty Ltd Autistic people are confronted with an array of barriers in many situations throughout their life. These situations centralise around what general society expects of all people, a one size fits all model, without the distinct consideration of disability, difference and inclusion. With the added
The unexpected benefits of COVID-19 on the way we work
Guest post written by Aron Mercer & Georgie Chinchen from Xceptional While the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually pass, our hope is the changes to ways of work will endure. 2020 was supposed to be a year of growth for Xceptional. Thanks to Google.Org, Westpac and AMP we had capital, a growing team, and diverse customers.
Learning the Art of Checking In On Yourself
Self-monitoring is a great practice we can all implement in our daily lives. But what does self-monitoring entail? And why should (and how can) you do it? Self-monitoring can help you to keep a check on what you are doing at any given moment. For instance, is what you are doing really what you are supposed to
An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?
Neurodivergent people often experience challenges in exercising skills associated with self-determination and self-advocacy. Being pinnacle life skills that drive their success in education, employment, independence and within society, with the right supports, tools and strategies, they can develop high levels of self-determination, providing a firm sense of self-confidence. When neurodivergent people gain these skills and
Video: AUStism at Home – Transitioning to Adulthood
(51.02 mins) Hosted, by Autism Awareness Australia, watch ‘AUStism at Home…. an insightful discussion about “Transitioning into adulthood on the autism spectrum.”‘, recorded on 2 April 2020. The webinar panel included: Chris Bonnello, Autistic Not Weird Barb Cook, Neurodivergent Advocate, Writer, Speaker & Biker Charmaine Fraser, Autism mum and Director of Aurora Coordination Nicole Rogerson, Autism
Reducing Workplace Stress: Working Together on Self-Care by Barb Cook, M.Aut., Dip.HSc.
How often do we hear ourselves saying “I just need to finish this job and then I can take a break”, or “If I can get this project finished, I can then take a couple of days off”? When we tell ourselves this over and over again, without taking action to ‘look after ourselves’, the