Employ for Ability is an innovative social business focused on helping organisations understand the benefits of hiring people with Neurodiversity as part of their social inclusion and diversity programs.
Employ for Ability staff can provide managers and neurotypical staff with Autism awareness training and coaching. Employ for Ability also works with individuals who have Neurodiversity to provide employment coaching.
Our aim is to move the conversation from disability to ability to showcase that people with Autism and Neurodiversity have unique strengths and skills that can become a career.
The Neurodiversity Advantage
Neurodiversity is the concept, that neurological differences like Autism Spectrum Disorder are part of the normal variation of the human population. It is a component of the social model of disability in comparison to a medical model where we need to find a cure.
Autism is characterised by difficulty in social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. People with Autism are also hard working, loyal, direct, problem solvers, unique thinkers and honest to name a few qualities. Hiring people who can solve problems and think differently provides advantages to organisations. The Neurodiversity advantage.
Services We Provide
Neurodiversity employment programs
Employ for Ability assists organisations to plan, implement and support Neurodiversity employment programs. We remove the barriers people with Neurodiversity experience when applying through traditional recruitment programs.
Education and training on Neurodiversity
Employ for Ability can design, develop and implement tailored training, education and organisational change programs for clients on Neurodiversity.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) for Autism
The goal of the SLES for Autism program is for each participant to be given assistance in developing their own unique pathway to work, as well as build self-awareness of their strengths and skills required to participate in a work environment, which they practice in work experience opportunities.
Employment coaching for neurodiverse individuals
Employ for Ability provides individualised job coaching and mentoring for people with Autism and Neurodiversity to improve their job search outcomes. Programs include PEERS, social skills, Zones emotion management, as well as many other individualised courses targeted at building capacity and demonstrating those skills using work experience as the pathway to work
Coaching for managers on Neurodiversity
Employ for Ability works with managers to provide coaching and mentoring on how to get the best from your Neurodiverse staff.
David is an Autism and Neurodiversity employment specialist and advocate. He has worked for the last 20 years in the Recruitment sector coaching and mentoring clients, candidates and staff to reach their potential.
Since 2016, David has been focused on helping organisations become more inclusive by hiring Neurodiverse staff to gain competitive advantage. David has post graduate qualifications in Autism and Organisational Change. A researcher focused on Autism and Anxiety in the job search process and completed the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership program.
David is a member of the ACT Chief Ministers Inclusion Council and a member of Marymead’s Autism Centre Advisory Committee. David is the father of 3 young adult/ teenagers with his youngest son having Autism Spectrum Disorder and a fantastic sense of humour.
Register for more informationIf you would like to know more about how Employ for Ability can assist your organisation or help you or a family member to gain the Neurodiversity advantage then register below. Register here
Who we work with
Prior to meeting David Smith, I had been job searching for a bit over a year.
I had been sending resumes out left and right, not even getting callbacks, or even a response going “thank you for your time, but we are not going forward with you. I was getting depressed and desperate. Then I met David. Upon talking with him, I felt a bit more at ease. David helped me get paid work experience at the NDIA, and even transported me there and home again with it.
That experience helped me get into the work force. He then connected me with Seeing Machines who engaged me in a traineeship with the Australian Training Company.
If it wasn’t for David, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Currently doing a traineeship, learning to drive, and happier then I have been in good while.
David provided job search and job coaching for me, for a few months as I had experienced no success using other disability job search services. He tailored a program to keep me searching and aiming for programs that suited my Autism profile. He helped me to attend a Autism program run by Specialisterne which I did well at. Following that program he assisted me to gain a traineeship at Seeing Machines with the Australian Training Company.
Davids support has been instrumental in me transforming my life.
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