Session: We need to think differently about accessibility
Are Australian and international companies doing enough to increase awareness around neurodiversity? Can they do more?
How can we encourage neurodiverse thinkers to use their unique approaches and ways of seeing the world to benefit their workplaces?
I am a young woman in tech. When I was 3, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. And I care about answering these questions.
I will speak on the future of accessibility in the workplace, and how it must include neurodiverse perspectives. I’ll talk about how neurodiverse people are already creating benefits for the companies they work for, how breaking down the misconceptions of neurodiversity is essential for successful businesses, and explain how better understanding the concept of neurodiversity holds value for everyone within a truly inclusive organisation.
- Embracing and developing an acceptance of neurodiverse workers
- Developing continued pathways for neurodiverse people to thrive and develop
- Creating ways for workplaces, schools, universities and colleges to openly accept those pathways
- Embracing workplaces to find means to implement better inclusivity programs in their current organisation, and fostering a neurodiverse workforce
- Inviting organisations to embrace & navigate neurodiversity in the workplace
Ashleigh joined Coder Academy in January 2018 as the Operations & Client Services Officer, liaising with current and potential students while also finding ways to maximise their Bootcamp experience. She developed a passion for community outreach which has led her to meeting new people and organisations within the tech space, as well as developing pathways for students to succeed during their Bootcamp journey and beyond. In April 2019, she became the QLD Student Services and Community Manager. And most recently in March 2021, she joined the Academic Team as a Training Assistant. In her spare time, Ashleigh loves learning how to code and mentoring at workshops. She enjoys giving back to the community in as many ways possible, including mentoring at MusesJS and moderating panel discussions, all of which bring her happiness and make a positive impact. Ashleigh’s biggest passion in life is fostering gender and neurodiversity and an inclusive environment within the tech industry. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Deciding recently to talk about her journey was terrifying, but she now embraces her story and showcases it with the world.