SYDNEY: Neurodiversity Virtual Job Fair & Symposium 22 November 2019



Dyslexia, ADHD & Autism


22nd November 2019  from  9am to 5pm


Fishburners, Level 2/11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000


About the event….

Thriving Now is hosting its Neurodiversity Virtual Job Fair and Symposium, promoting a positive and productive focus on the strengths that neurodiverse individuals can offer the workplace.

The goal of this event is to inform, enlighten and educate attendees from a variety of perspectives. Those of neurodiverse individuals with lived experience of navigating the employment realm, to professional insights and research-based evidence on the benefits of employing and supporting neurodivergent thinkers in the workplace.

This symposium is an invaluable opportunity to understand how employing a neurodiverse workforce will create a more inclusive and diverse team, bringing diversity of thought and knowledge, plus, collectively opening up new pathways for both employer and employee in attaining successful and productive futures.

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Sign Up for Our Neurodiversity Virtual Job Fair & Symposium

On 22 November 2019, Thriving Now will host an Australian-first virtual job fair for neurodivergent jobseekers and organisations who are keen to explore the potential of neurodiversity.

If you have ever been to a traditional job fair, you will be familiar with turning up to a vast array of stalls hosted by employers. As a jobseeker, you will go from stall to stall, speaking to recruiting representatives.

A virtual job fair is the same concept, but replicated on an online platform. Here’s how it works?

  1. How do jobseekers and organisations register?

We will have customised registration forms for jobseekers and organisations to register their details on a dedicated page.

Jobseekers can input details such as their resume and samples of work. These details will be made available to employers.

Employers can register for a virtual booth and browse the booth.

  1. How do we login on the day?

You will login through the dedicated landing page during the day of the virtual summit. The landing page will also contain the full agenda for the day, including key webinars, chat timings and other reasons.

  1. What does the virtual job fair look like?

Once you log into the portal, you will be taken to a screen that replicates a real-world virtual job fair environment. For jobseekers, that means you can click to visit an information desk and be shown a video that explains how the virtual job fair will work.

For employers, you will be able to set up and customise virtual booths that show off your logo, your resources and the ability for people to connect with you via live chat. This will be located in a screen that jobseekers can navigate by scrolling through the environment.

  1. What will the virtual booths contain?

The virtual booths can contain any kind of custom content, such as webinars, videos and live-chat facilities. As employers, you can encourage people to contact you directly to ask questions. As jobseekers, you will have a one-stop shop to investigate the company’s offerings and other valuable content.

  1. Will there be a dedicated job board?

If employers have jobs to advertise, they can do so through the dedicated job board for the fair. Jobseekers can upload resumes to the jobs posted on the board, and employers can choose to review them and contact jobseekers on the same day.

  1. How can jobseekers access resources?

We will have a dedicated booth of resources that will allow jobseekers, which can then be saved into a virtual briefcase.

  1. How can we view the Symposium sessions?

We will be livestreaming the sessions from the Sydney-based symposium through the virtual auditorium. You will be able to navigate to the auditorium within the provided link to the platform.

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About the Speakers

Judy Singer


Judy Singer identifies as being “in the middle of 3 generations of women somewhere on the autistic spectrum”. Her 1998 Honours Thesis from the University of Technology Sydney was the pioneering sociological study of this, at that time, new kind of disability. In her thesis, Judy argued that autism was not a new medical condition, but a “socially constructed” disability which emerged due to social changes in the post-modern era. She was credited with coining the term “neurodiversity” to call for a new liberation movement for people who were neurologically atypical. Judy was the founder, via the Internet, of the world’s first support group for people raised by autistic parents. She was Secretary of Sydney’s Inner West Autism and Asperger’s Support Group for several years, and co-founded ASteen, a Sydney-wide social club for teenagers with autism, which is now affiliated with Aspect.

Yenn Purkis


Yenn Purkis is an author, presenter, autism advocate and community leader. Yenn is the author of six published books on elements of autism and has contributed to a large number of journals, books and websites. Yenn is a presenter and facilitator and regularly gives keynote presentations including at the 2013 TEDx Canberra conference. Yenn is a member of a number of committees and reference groups and is has a number of awards for leadership in the community, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year.

Jay Hobbs

Director of Thriving Now

Psychologist Jay (Jamon) Hobbs is the Director and the driving force behind Thriving Now. Jay’s extensive experience in consulting and working with corporate clients and government departments, assisted in his development of unique neurodiversity employment programs in a variety of industries. He consults with executives regarding effective management of neurodiverse staff and delivers training and consultancy within the workplace. Jay has a Master of Professional Psychology and worked with neurodiverse adults and adolescents in Australia and the UK for the last 17 years. Jay’s work is informed by evidence-based practice with the advantage of being neurodiverse himself.

Will Wheeler

The Dyslexic Evolution

Will is the Managing Director of based in Australia.

He is passionate about helping dyslexic people find their full potential in their careers/businesses, while helping them grow into outstanding leaders who will inspire and help others on to greatness.

Will is proud to say that he is dyslexic and knows what true potential people with dyslexia bring to the world. That’s why he works closely with people with different learning styles and helps them to learn the leadership skills to achieve great things in life and their careers.

Barb Cook

Spectrum Women 

Formally identified on the autism spectrum along with ADHD and phonological dyslexia at age 40, Barb is editor and co-author of the internationally acclaimed book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, and editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine.

Barb holds a Master of Autism (Education) and is a research assistant and tutor at the University of Wollongong. She is an internationally recognised speaker and writer and was awarded a Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor.

Barb recently keynoted for the special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.

Rachel Worsley

Writer/Inclusion Advocate 

Rachel Worsley is a creative entrepreneur, inclusion advocate and freelance writer.  Her current business ventures include content marketing agency Neurodiversity Media and typewriter poetry business typepolar. She also assists the Thriving Now team as a Business Development Manager. She is passionate about business and self-employment opportunities for those who identify as neurodivergent, such as ADHD, dyslexia and autism. Rachel was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 25 and has a strong personal interest in researching the underdiagnosis of ADHD among girls and women.

Rachel previously worked as a medical journalist and was shortlisted for a major publishing award for her reporting on legal and health issues facing the medical profession. She has also spent time in law firms as a marketer. She graduated with a law degree with first class honours from the University of Technology, Sydney. With her business ventures, Rachel hopes to create a world that respects the value of neurodiversity.


Meanwhile, enjoy some of the highlights from the Brisbane Neurodiversity & Employment Symposium May 2019…

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General/Professional Admission, Neurodiverse Individuals, Job Fair General, Job Fair Neurodiverse