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Executive functioning in the workplace – hints and tips for employers December 6, 2019

What is Executive Functioning? A group of complex mental processes and cognitive abilities that help us regulate, control and manage our thoughts and actions. Our executive functions consist of skills including: Planning and Organising: This refers to the ability to manage current and future tasks. Planning refers to the ability to anticipate future events, to […]

Autism in the workplace – hints and tips for employers December 3, 2019

Clarify expectations of the job You may need to be more explicit about your expectations for someone on the autism spectrum. As well as the job description, you need to explain the etiquette and unwritten rules of the workplace. Make it clear that any adaptations for them in the workplace are there to help them […]

Autism in the workplace – general information December 3, 2019

What is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. It is part of the autism spectrum and so is sometimes referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). People with autism have difficulty with social communication, social interaction and social imagination but the same condition can affect each individual in different ways. Around 1 in 100 […]

Autistic women can be incredible employees, by Yenn Purkis September 24, 2019

When I think about autism and employment I think about my own journey. I spent many years unable to work due to anxiety. I was unemployed and underemployed for many years. I did roles which were not suited to my skills but I aspired to full-time professional work. I finally achieved that goal in 2007 […]

Autistic women in the workplace, by Barb Cook September 23, 2019

Typically, autism is viewed as a male condition with stereotypical preconceptions that all autistics must, for instance, be mathematical savants and their career paths are in IT. Wrong. In this article I want to highlight some of the inaccurate perceptions of autistic people, in particular women, look at the many benefits of employing autistic women […]

Meet Lou Dixon from Our Team September 23, 2019

Here we introduce you to one of our fantastic team members, Louise Dixon, who has been with Specialisterne Australia since February 2018. Lou is Executive Support and Administration Co-ordinator for Specialisterne Australia and is based in our Melbourne office and has responsibility for managing the administrative function within Specialisterne including EA support to the CEO, […]

Spotlight on Candidate Julian Trickett September 23, 2019

Julian recently participated in Specialisterne’s Sydney Cluster Assessment Centre which offers an alternative pathway for people on the autism spectrum to connect with employers who recognise the valuable contributions and talents that people with autism can bring to organisations. Julian has kindly shared his experience of the program and has offered some valuable insights from […]

Sydney Assessment Centre success September 22, 2019

Specialisterne recognise and acknowledge individuals on the autism spectrum experience many challenges and barriers through the conventional recruitment processes most employers use. As a result, people on the autism spectrum are significantly underrepresented in the workforce. In August 2019 Specialisterne commenced the first pilot Cluster Assessment Centre in Sydney where 13 candidates participated in a […]

My creative career path, by Kathy Divine September 20, 2019

I have a passion for possibilities, specifically, the possibilities that exist for autistic people to reach their full potential through meaningful employment opportunities. Society is generally set up to cater to neurotypical people. Employers gain tremendously from learning what accommodations can be made for autistic people because, in the right environment, they can become very […]

8 Things Employers Can Do September 16, 2019

Doing these 8 things in your workplace can create a more inclusive and engaging work environment for autistic employees. Autistic people offer many strengths, skills and talents to the workplace. They can be change-makers, bringing diverse thinking and perspectives to our communities and businesses. Every workplace in Australia can contribute to lifting the employment of […]

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