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New Federal Edition of Neurodiversity@Work Playbook Released!

Posted by on Monday, May 6, 2024 in Partner News.

We are so excited to hear that the Federal Edition of the Neurodiversity@Work playbook is now available. The play book is a collaborative effort by the Initiative for Neurodiversity and Employment, led by Dr. Hala Annabi, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School and an advisory board member of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation. This edition of the playbook reflects the collaborative efforts of the University of Washington Information School, MITRE, and Melwood.

The Neurodiversity@Work Playbook Federal Edition provides practical guidance to companies looking to foster a more inclusive workplace environment. It aims to initiate and scale Neurodiversity@Work initiatives across private and public organizations. The guidelines and lessons learned synthesized in the Federal Edition of the Playbook draw on the original Autism@Work Playbook; lessons learned from leading Neurodiversity@Work private organizations and Federal agencies; Melwood and MITRE’s experience; perspectives of neurodivergent self-advocates and professionals from various Federal agencies; and the knowledge and experience of leading neuroinclusion external partners Beyond-Impact, Neurodiversity in the Workplace, and Potentia Workforce.

The playbook underscores the importance of creating a supportive work environment that embraces neurodiversity. It highlights the benefits of a stengths based approach to neurodiversity, such as enhanced creativity, problem-solving skills, and cognitive diversity. The playbook also provides guidance on how to identify and support neurodiverse employees, and strategies for fostering a culture of inclusivity. This guide can help companies unlock the full potential of their workforce and create a more inclusive and innovative workplace.

You can find the PDF of the playbook at this link.