Entries by Sharon Didrichsen

3 ways you can help Adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland during Autism Awareness Month (with or without Lego!)

Specialisterne NI is a not for profit social enterprise that works to help adults on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, and thrive in careers across job sectors in N Ireland. We have waiting lists of adults and young people requesting Communication profiling, and employability support. You or your company can help people on the […]

Managing and Coaching Employees who have a Social Communication Difference.

  Learn how to manage, work alongside or coach employees with social communication difference in the workplace such as Autism, Aspergers or who display related characteristics. Working with a professional actor, we role play true-to-life scenarios of communication differences at work and use videos to support the learning experience. Venue: Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 […]

Cr8 Stories

Cr8 Stories Do you work in the Creative Sectors in NI and would you like to tell your story? Over the past 3 months we have been working with talented people on the Autistic Spectrum  who are seeking careers such as travel writing, acting, film production, film special effects and make up, gaming, web site […]

Asperger’s syndrome: Employers need awareness of challenges

  Shelley Corrigan shares her experiences of working at Software House Tascomi where Shelley has been working for a number of years. Read the BBC news feature here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39095368 or watch the BBC News feature on BBC iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08fvpn5/bbc-newsline-evening-news-27022017 (Feature starts at 15 minutes). Great to see Shelley and Tascomi’s experience highlighted and shared. #goodpractice #diversity […]

Bring IT On

Are you interested in a career in IT? As part of the 2017 Bring IT On initiative, Specialisterne NI, in association with Belfast Metropolitan College, invite people on the Autistic Spectrum to find out more about career opportunities in N. Ireland’s IT Sector.This Bring IT On initiative includes Career and Lego Workshops which take place […]

In memory of Patrick Sanders, 1976-2017

  We are very sorry to share that Patrick Sanders who has worked with Specialisterne for some time has passed away. Patrick was part of our team so much so we called him ‘our Patrick’. His creative insight and wisdom made what we provided so much more than what it initially was as he co-designed […]

Launching Cr8

Specialisterne NI are delighted to introduce an exciting new project ‘Cr8’ which has the aim of helping creative people on the Autistic Spectrum get ready for careers in Creative Sectors. Applications are now open for Cr8. Participants will have the opportunity to: Participate in a one day Lego Assessment Workshop where participants build Lego Mindstorms […]

Aren’t we all on the Spectrum somewhere?

It’s the question I am asked the most, and it’s hard to answer. From one viewpoint, the answer is yes. After all there is no behaviour specific to the Autistic Spectrum, just different degrees of shared human behaviour. There are, however, distinctive patterns of behaviour, patterns, according to Autism expert Uta Frith, that can be […]

‘Small allowances to make’

  Read Ryan’s story in Belfast Live of how small changes in the workplace have made a difference. Join with Specialisterne in signing the National Autistic Society petition. Ryan says: “Now is the time for everyone to take action to make sure autistic adults get the jobs they deserve by signing the petition to close […]