I'm Sam, the Neurodivergent Coach!
I'm an experienced Careers Coach, Facilitator and corporate D&I Consultant. I've worked with hundreds of people and organisations in my career.
I'm on a mission to change the life and employment outcomes for all Neurodivergent individuals, at an individual, organisational and systemic level.
Please feel free to get in contact to talk about how we can work together to create the change you need.
To support the creation of organisational cultures where people who are Neurodivergent (think differently) ‘belong’ and ‘thrive’, to the benefit of everyone.
To empower people who are Neurodivergent to design careers built upon their unique strengths, abilities and interests.
To challenge the status quo of poor employment and educational outcomes for people who are Neurodivergent across the globe.
Why Neurodiversity Inclusion matters
Neurodiversity is the "biological diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species” - Nick Walker, Academic
15% of the population have particularly distinct ways of thinking that differ from the ‘typical’ or 'majority'. These include, but are not limited to, those who are identified as Autistic, ADHD, Dyslexic/Dyscalculic/Dyspraxic, as having Tourette’s Syndrome.
Teams that embrace Neurodiversity, and include Neurodivergent people, have been found to significantly increase creativity innovation, profit and demonstrate an increase in positive engagment for all employees.
However, people who are Neurodivergent still experience one of the highest rates of disadvantage in terms of employment, career advancement and life outcomes, even when compared with other disadvantaged groups, including those with other types of disability.
Due to lifetime stigmatisation and discrimination, Neurodivergent people often to demonstrate their unique strengths and distinct value to organisations, particularly via ‘traditional’ and often biased recruitment processes. A study in the UK in 2020 showed that over 50% of hiring managers stated that they would prefer to not hire a Neurodivergent person if given the choice - showing we still have a long way to go in changing attitudes and bias!
Many organisations strive to be ‘inclusive’ but still rely on segregated ‘Neurodiversity’ employment programs or ‘employment skills’ training which teach people who are Neurodivergent to mask their differences at work, often to the detriment of their mental health and self identity.
If we really want to embrace the benefits of diverse thinking, we have to go beyond what we are doing currently. We have to actively create Belonging for people who think differently.
Belonging requires not just an acceptance of diversity, or the practice of inclusion. Belonging requires the active creation of equity for different ways of doing things. Belonging requires difference to not just be ‘permitted’ but embraced.
Acknowledgment of Country
The Neurodivergent Coach respectfully acknowledges the Wadi-Wadi people of the Dharawal nation; traditional Custodians of the land on which I physically live and work. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of NSW.
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