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ACS/DXC World autism acceptance day
Society that respects the dignity of every autistic person.
Awareness is high but confidence in supporting is not.
Employment: 31.6% in paid work.
Stereotypical views of jobs
Many have never had a job but want one. Out of work for 3-5 years.
Barriers to employment
Lack resources to find employment and keep it
Employers not understanding Autism
Underemployment. Higher skilled than the roles undertaking
Head of Tech
Part of strategy
Challenges: not many... getting a commercial contract over the line. Only commercial deal to take under 1 month to sign.
CTO signed on Christmas Eve.
What difference do you hope neurodiversity will bring: a creative mindset and finding different patterns. Social element and acceptance in mindset.
Spectrum. Share learnings across the ADA Network (women in tech).
Challenges: partner in DXC has shielded us from many of the usual challenges. More women and considering a career in banking is a challenge. Broader awareness of diversity being a ROI rather than a nice to have.
We want to see people able to participate in the community and economy.
Low success in applying directly (process not supportive), Centrelink and job providers were not helpful. System not supportive. Feeling of hopelessness.
Now in a roll it has changed the family dynamic. Confidence increased.
Diagnosis and a period of denial.
Difference in the experience of people with Autism. Ability in different perspectives.
19 people in the group. Personal journey and the dreams and desires of parents coming to fruition.
The future without the needs of "programs"
ANZ Cyber Security Analyst
Previous DXC Dandelion program participant
Getting feedback and communication was essential in the process. Checking in and who to go to for support. Awareness of stress triggers that others may not respond to in the same way.
Workshops to test direct skills instead of interview process.
Challenges: lack of feedback from recruiters.
Dandelion program: relaxed environment, identified key people to do to, personalised experience, making allowances and accommodations.
Overview of programs