Highlights: Neurodiversity & Employment Symposium Brisbane May 31, 2019

Australia’s first ever Neurodiversity and Employment Symposium saw over 200 people attendance with representatives from government departments, neurodiverse people and disability advocates gathering at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in the bayside suburb of Manly. The Symposium was organised by Jay Hobbs, a psychologist and director at Thriving Now, a boutique service that provides neurodiversity training for companies, plus assistance, support and training for people with neurodiverse conditions. The event provided a full day program…

Working Together Provides Opportunity by Barb Cook

Autism, as summarised by Autism Spectrum Australia (2018), is typically recognised as a neurodevelopmental condition extending across an individual’s lifespan, and is identified by difficulties in the areas of social interaction, communication, having restrictive and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities. Widely known as a spectrum condition, the National Institute of Mental Health (2018) advises, autism presents a variety of symptoms and at differing severity levels that can be observed in all races, ethnic…

Transitioning to the Workforce – Three key elements to success for students on the autism spectrum – Jay Hobbs

Summary of research by Jay Hobbs, Psychologist and Director of Thriving Now The goal for any student moving from secondary school to employment is to establish a career path that utilises their strengths and interests. Finding a fulfilling career often ensures a sense of purpose, independence, confidence and financial security. However, finding a career path that fits both your interests and strengths is often challenging and this can be particularly true for adolescents or adults…