Stories

Invisible diversity and belonging

As businesses continue to prioritise diversity and inclusion within their workplace, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of disclosure of personal characteristics, such as sexuality and disability, in fostering a sense of belonging among employees. While most available data suggests the vast majority of employees with disabilities do not disclose, Forbes, only...

A Balancing Act: The Impact of AI on Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and tools like ChatGPT have the potential to greatly benefit the employment of people with disabilities, both visible and invisible. The use of AI and automation in the workplace can provide new opportunities for employees with disabilities to participate in the workforce and remove barriers that have traditionally made it difficult for...

Article 23 – Podcast with Rhonda Brighton-Hall

Aron Mercer explains that a one-size-fits-all approach is never the correct way to boost DEI initiatives and offers his insights on how organisations can provide relevant accessibility, gain literacy around inclusivity and create a platform of ‘disclosure without ridicule’ in workspaces. Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/article-23/have-you-worked-with-someone-who-identifies-as-neurodivergent

The unexpected benefits of COVID19

(By Aron Mercer and Georgie Chinchen) 2020 was supposed to be a year of growth for Xceptional. We had funding thanks to Google.Org, Westpac and AMP,  a growing team and diverse customers. In March of 2020, we were busy organising a neurodiversity at work breakfast in Sydney, a sold out event which was to be...

Autism At Work – ABC Podcast

What’s it like being an autistic person in the workplace, and how can managers and colleagues help this group thrive?  How can we make the most of the unique super powers of this under-employed cohort – especially in the midst of a labour shortage. We connect at work through humour – but for autistic people...

A new look for Xceptional

18 October 2022 – Today neurodiversity specialist Xceptional has unveiled its updated website incorporating it’s newly developed tools of inclusive skills assessments and  on demand inclusion training. The website refresh was necessary to reflect Xceptional’s maturing position as a leader in neurodivergent inclusion.  It has been more than five years since Xceptional first opened our doors...

Beyond the buzzword. What does Neurodiversity mean for business?

Neurodiversity = Neurology + Diversity The Australian sociologist, Judy Singer, coined the term Neurodiversity in the late ’90s. Singer described an inherent range in how the human mind functions regarding the functional processing of information, emotions and thoughts (Honeybourne 2020, p. 13). The term “neurodiversity” refers to the various mental models that persist in a population as...

The 101 of how not to manage Autistic employees

Leadership, you need to know this. If you don’t believe you have hidden neurodiverse employees on staff, the chances are that you do. Neurodiversity and tapping into this resource is a hot topic. According to research, neurodiversity in the general population is between 30% to 40%. With the amount of literature online about autism and neurodiversity specifically...