Recruit+/++ participants visit RealTime

Recruit+/++ participants are looking forward to visiting RealTime (http://realtime.jobs/) tomorrow to meet with RealTime’s Josh Oliver (http://realtime.jobs/our-team/josh-oliver) who is answering Recruit+/++ participants’ questions about working with recruitment agencies. Participants’ questions include:

What do we need to do to help you help us?

Sharon Didrichsen, of Specialisterne NI, a social enterprise which specialises in Autism in work, comments:

Recruit+/++ programmes were designed with input from autistic and non-autistic people, including job seekers, employers and autistic people already in work. We discovered that a number of autistic people had not contacted recruitment agencies. Recruit+/++  include working with recruitment consultancies to help participants be up to date with employer requirements and expectations, and access increased job opportunities, being introduced to and briefed on jobs with the support of recruitment consultants. Having come from a recruitment consultancy background myself, I know that often recruitment consultants help employers see the skills match of  candidates who may face barriers to getting work. Partnering with Recruit+/++ is an extension of that. We are delighted that RealTime are supporting Recruit+/++ and are looking forward to the participant briefing tomorrow.

RealTime’s Josh Oliver comments:

“After meeting with the Sharon and her team and attending an event earlier this year, RealTime are proud to be associated with the great work Specialisterne NI are doing!

We are strong advocates of breaking down barriers for those who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We are keen to help out in whatever way we can in order to facilitate meaningful employment to participants on Recruit+/++ initiatives.”

Recruit+/++ are 2 employability programmes which are currently welcoming expressions of interest from people on the Autistic Spectrum, and also from employers who would like to contribute to these exciting programmes. (https://www.specialisterneni.com/recruit/) For further details please contact sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

 

Launching Recruit+/++

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In Autism Awareness Month Specialisterne NI is delighted to launch Recruit+ and Recruit++, 2 new programmes designed with input from autistic people and employers to provide the supports which can help autistic people secure careers.

Recruit+/++ programmes are part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Specialisterne NI are Autism at work specialists and are part of the Specialisterne International network. Specialisterne have been working for 14 years over 14 countries to secure 1 million careers for autistic people. We support autistic people to start out in or continue a wide range of careers and job sectors, and to work at a level that matches the individual’s skills.

Recruit+ and Recruit++ are designed to include the additional supports (that’s the + in the title!) that may help autistic people get ready for and secure a career.

Recruit+ and Recruit++ are participant led.

  • The programmes have been designed further to input from autistic people, colleges, training organisations and leading employers.
  • We listen to you to make sure the activities are what you want, which includes connecting you to employers in your desired career area.
  • Recruit+/++ has Participant and Employer forums which help make sure the programme is relevant to participants and prepares participants for actual job opportunities available.
  • Participants can choose between 2 programmes: Recruit+ , which offers light support: or Recruit++ which offers more in depth support.

Specialisterne NI’s  Recruit+/++ team specialize in Autism at Work. 

Our team have studied Autism at university, and have experience supporting autistic people to secure and succeed in career opportunities, with many at graduate and experienced level. We continue to learn about Autism and we share what we learn with participants, so we can develop new strategies together. Our participants tell us this makes a difference:

The Specialisterne team understand the frustrations and challenges of job seeking for people on the autistic spectrum; however, just as importantly, they understand the unique skills and value that people on the spectrum can bring to employers. The team encourage you to recognise your strengths and support you through every step of the job seeking process. I can thoroughly recommend the support Specialisterne provide for job seekers on the autistic spectrum.

We also have recruitment consultancy experience. The Recruit+/++ manager has over 10 years in recruitment consultancy prior to working in Specialisterne. This means we are connected to a wide range of employers and ask employers to advise and mentor participants so that your programme gets you ready for actual job roles and current work environments.

As part of the Specialisterne International Network, who have supported SAP, Microsoft and other international organisations, we learn what is helping autistic people and employers in 14 countries and share this with participants.

There are 4 stages to Recruit+/++

ASSESS

  • We meet with you to identify what you would like to have happen in relation to your career, and how you would like Recruit+/++ to help you.
  • A Lego Mindstorms Workshop. You will have opportunity to build a Lego Robot in small teams and explore skills which you could use in a job role.

COACH

  • You will have opportunity to meet an Autism Job Coach 1-1 at weekly bookable slots where you can find out more about working while on the Autism Spectrum, as well as support to apply to jobs and get ready for work.
  • You will have opportunity to take part in a new Thriving at Work Programme which has been developed by leading Aspergers Specialist Psychologists Professor Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett, as well as Specialisterne Australia. Thriving at Work helps get you ready for work and includes anxiety and work management strategies. It includes small group sessions, workbook and certification
  • There will be weekly Recruit+/++ Learning Hubs 3-hour sessions where you can study for NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Employability with the Specialisterne NI team.

CONNECT

  • We will connect you to mentors in your chosen career areas, who will form your Recruit+/++ Career Network. This will help you learn what you need to do to get a job in your chosen career area, and any tips or ideas.
  • There will be fortnightly Career Clubs (2 hours) where participants can job search and learn more about interview skills and what employers want.
  • In Recruit++ there will additional support which includes quarterly Social Curriculum Academies, in different career areas, where employers help participants get ready to get the career they choose.

SUPPORT

The Specialisterne NI Recruit+/++ team will support you to make job applications, secure interviews, attend mentor sessions, and start out in jobs.

As with all Specialisterne NI programmes, participants can access the parts of the programme most useful to them and only take part when feeling comfortable to do so.

To register for Recruit+/++, please contact Sharon Didrichsen on 07565 936191 or email sharond@specialisterne.com for additional details or to request a Recruit+/++ Expression of Interest form. The Specialisterne NI Recruit+/++ team will meet with participants in order of receipt of Expression of Interest forms. There are a limited number of places available.

These projects are part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Recruit++ is part funded by the Belfast City Council.

 

 

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Autism Project Worker Recruit+

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Specialisterne Northern Ireland is an Autism at Work consultancy, which opened in Belfast in April 2014. As part of the Specialisterne International Network, which spans 15 countries for 14 years, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers. We are now looking to expand our team.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a unique not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland where you will have the opportunity to work with a small team of autism specialists seeking to develop new tools and techniques which support the career development and well-being of autistic adults.

Job Title: Autism Project Worker (Full-time hours). Project: Recruit+    

The Recruit+ project was designed following consultation with autistic people in 2016 through surveys and focus groups (with 100 autistic people) and consultation with employers, recruitment consultancies, university and college staff and employment training providers. It is designed to provide the additional supports that will help autistic people secure rewarding careers.

Objective
Working as part of the Recruit+ Project team, the Recruit+ Autism Project Worker’s aim is to support participants, who are young people or adults on the Autistic Spectrum, to experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers, and to progress in relation to having a career.

By providing Autism specialist support, the Recruit+ Project Worker will help participants feel more ready to meet employers, education and training providers, and to make a positive start to a new career.

The Recruit+ Project Worker will also connect with an exciting employer, gatekeeper and training/education provider forum, who will inform the Recruitcurriculum, ensuring participant’s learning pathways are relevant to their chosen career at this time, and who will provide learning opportunities for participants.

Job Description
• One to one meetings with Recruit+ participants, to support participants to develop strategies in relation to:
o Having a career
o Reducing attitudinal and communication barriers
• Coaching participants in relation to strategies of autistic people.
• Support of Learning hubs and Career Clubs. For example, helping participants develop employability skills and resilience strategies for working life.

• Recruitment consultancy and employer briefings.
• Support of group workshops. Recruitinvolves co-designing workshops with employers.
• Undertaking weekly activities, along with the Recruitproject team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as securing employment and further training or education.
• Support of the Recruit+participant Panel, who review and advise on Recruit+project activities.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning of tools and techniques which may support Recruit+ participants to achieve project objectives
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the Recrui++ project.

Person Specification

Essential
• Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

Desirable
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Autism
• Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve the changes they want
• Experience in supporting people in small groups
• Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for autistic people.
• A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast where the project will be delivered.

Terms and Conditions
• 37.5 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
Terms and Conditions
• 15 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
•The position is fixed term and is expected to run from April 2018 to March 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.
• Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
• Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process
• Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:
Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
By email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Or by post to:
Sharon Didrichsen
Specialisterne NI
Skainos
239 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
• Closing date for applications: 23 March 2018
• For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191
Bank of Autism Support Workers

• With applicant permission, applicants from the shortlist for this post may also be considered for a Recruit++ Autism Project Worker (Part-time post), a Recruit++  Autism Project Worker post (full-time post) and/or the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers.

We are recruiting! Autism Project Worker (15 hours weekly). Project Recruit++

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Specialisterne Northern Ireland is an Autism at Work consultancy, which opened in Belfast in April 2014. As part of the Specialisterne International Network, which spans 15 countries for 14 years, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers. We are now looking to expand our team.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a unique not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland where you will have the opportunity to work with a small team of autism specialists seeking to develop new tools and techniques which support the career development and well-being of autistic adults.

Job Title: Autism Project Worker (15 hours weekly). Project: Recruit++

The Recruit++ project was designed following consultation with autistic people in 2016 through surveys and focus groups (with 100 autistic people) and consultation with employers, recruitment consultancies, university and college staff and employment training providers. It is designed to provide the additional supports that will help autistic people secure rewarding careers.

Objective
Working as part of the Recruit++ Project team, the Recruit++ Autism Project Worker’s aim is to support participants, who are young people or adults on the Autistic Spectrum, to experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers, and to progress in relation to having a career.

By providing Autism specialist support, the Recruit++ Project Worker will help participants feel more ready to meet employers, education and training providers, and to make a positive start to a new career.

The Recruit++ Project Worker will also connect with an exciting employer, gatekeeper and training/education provider forum, who will inform the Recruit++ curriculum, ensuring participant’s learning pathways are relevant to their chosen career at this time, and who will provide learning opportunities for participants.

Job Description
• One to one meetings with Recruit++ participants, to support participants to develop strategies in relation to:
o Having a career
o Reducing attitudinal and communication barriers
• Coaching participants in relation to strategies of autistic people.
• Support of Learning hubs and Career Clubs. For example, helping participants develop employability skills and resilience strategies for working life.

• Recruitment consultancy and employer briefings.
• Support of group workshops. Recruit++ involves co-designing workshops with employers.
• Undertaking weekly activities, along with the Recruit++ project team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as securing employment and further training or education.
• Support of the Recruit++participant Panel, who review and advise on Recruit++project activities.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning of tools and techniques which may support Recruit++ participants to achieve project objectives
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the Recruit++ project.

Person Specification

Essential
• Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

Desirable
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Autism
• Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve the changes they want
• Experience in supporting people in small groups
• Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for autistic people.
• A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast where the project will be delivered.

Terms and Conditions
• 15 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
•The position is fixed term and is expected to run from April 2018 to March 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.
• Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
• Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process
• Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:
Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
By email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Or by post to:
Sharon Didrichsen
Specialisterne NI
Skainos
239 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
• Closing date for applications: 15 March 2018
• For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191
Bank of Autism Support Workers

• With applicant permission, applicants from the shortlist for this post may also be considered for a Recruit++ Autism Project Worker (full-time post), a Recruit+ Autism Project Worker post (full-time post) and/or the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers.

We are recruiting! Autism Project Worker (Full time hours). Project: Recruit++

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Specialisterne Northern Ireland is an Autism at Work consultancy, which opened in Belfast in April 2014. As part of the Specialisterne International Network, which spans 15 countries for 14 years, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers. We are now looking to expand our team.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a unique not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland where you will have the opportunity to work with a small team of autism specialists seeking to develop new tools and techniques which support the career development and well-being of autistic adults.

Job Title: Autism Project Worker (Full-time hours). Project: Recruit++

The Recruit++ project was designed following consultation with autistic people in 2016 through surveys and focus groups (with 100 autistic people) and consultation with employers, recruitment consultancies, university and college staff and employment training providers. It is designed to provide the additional supports that will help autistic people secure rewarding careers.

Objective
Working as part of the Recruit++ Project team, the Recruit++ Autism Project Worker’s aim is to support participants, who are young people or adults on the Autistic Spectrum, to experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers, and to progress in relation to having a career.

By providing Autism specialist support, the Recruit++ Project Worker will help participants feel more ready to meet employers, education and training providers, and to make a positive start to a new career.

The Recruit++ Project Worker will also connect with an exciting employer, gatekeeper and training/education provider forum, who will inform the Recruit++ curriculum, ensuring participant’s learning pathways are relevant to their chosen career at this time, and who will provide learning opportunities for participants.

Job Description
• One to one meetings with Recruit++ participants, to support participants to develop strategies in relation to:
o Having a career
o Reducing attitudinal and communication barriers
• Coaching participants in relation to strategies of autistic people.
• Support of Learning hubs and Career Clubs. For example, helping participants develop employability skills and resilience strategies for working life.

• Recruitment consultancy and employer briefings.
• Support of group workshops. Recruit++ involves co-designing workshops with employers.
• Undertaking weekly activities, along with the Recruit++ project team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as securing employment and further training or education.
• Support of the Recruit++participant Panel, who review and advise on Recruit++project activities.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning of tools and techniques which may support Recruit++ participants to achieve project objectives
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the Recruit++ project.

Person Specification

Essential
• Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

Desirable
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Autism
• Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve the changes they want
• Experience in supporting people in small groups
• Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for autistic people.
• A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast where the project will be delivered.

Terms and Conditions
• 37.5 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
Terms and Conditions
• 15 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
•The position is fixed term and is expected to run from April 2018 to March 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.
• Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
• Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process
• Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:
Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
By email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Or by post to:
Sharon Didrichsen
Specialisterne NI
Skainos
239 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
• Closing date for applications: 15 March 2018
• For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191
Bank of Autism Support Workers

• With applicant permission, applicants from the shortlist for this post may also be considered for a Recruit++ Autism Project Worker (Part-time post), a Recruit+ Autism Project Worker post (full-time post) and/or the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers.

We are recruiting! Autism Project Worker (15 hours weekly). Project: 2gether

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Specialisterne Northern Ireland is an Autism at Work consultancy, which opened in Belfast in April 2014. As part of the Specialisterne International Network, which spans 13 countries for 13 years, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers. We are now looking to expand our team.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a unique not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland where you will have the opportunity to develop new tools and techniques which support the career development and well-being of autistic adults.

Job Title: Autism Project Worker (15 hours weekly). Project: 2gether

The 2gether project was designed in 2016 through surveys and focus groups with 100 autistic people.

For details of 2gether, visit: https://www.specialisterneni.com/introducing-2gether/

Objective
Working as part of the 2gether Project team, the 2gether Project Worker’s aim is to support participants, who are adults on the Autistic Spectrum, to experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers, and to progress in relation to having a career, feeling socially connected, and feeling better represented.

Job Description
• One to one meetings with 2gether participants, to support participants to develop strategies in relation to:
o Having a career, feeling socially connected, and better represented
o Reducing attitudinal and communication barriers
• Coaching participants in relation to strategies of autistic people.
• Support of small groups. For example, helping participants to connect with each other regarding areas of common interests.
• Support of group workshops. For example, planning and co-delivery of monthly group workshops.
• Out of workshop project activities. Undertaking weekly activities, along with the 2gether project team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as employer surveys and virtual reality projects.
• Support of the 2gether Participant Panel, who review and advise on 2gether project activities.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning of tools and techniques which may support 2gether participants to achieve project objectives
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the 2gether project.

Person Specification

Essential
• Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

Desirable
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Autism
• Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve the changes they want
• Experience in supporting people in small groups
• Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for autistic people.
• A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast where the project will be delivered.

Terms and Conditions
• 15 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 9am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday and one evening per month (which is the 2gether monthly group workshop).
• Salary will be commensurate with experience.
• The 2gether project runs until 9 July 2020, A contract of employment will be fixed term up until 9 July 2020.
• Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
• The 2gether project, inclusive of this post, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
• Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process
• Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:
Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
By email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Or by post to:
Sharon Didrichsen
Specialisterne NI
Skainos
239 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
• Closing date for applications: 13 November 2017
• For additional information regarding the 2gether Project and Specialisterne NI, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com/introducing-2gether or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191
Additional Hours

• Additional hours may be available as part of the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers, delivering employability and in-work support to autistic people, with the potential to increase hours to full-time.
• Applicants from the shortlist for this post may also be considered for the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers.

 

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Second Thoughts, Learning to Think Differently About the People We Meet. A new initiative for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum (aged 14-18).

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In partnership with the NI Executive and as part of the Central Good Relations programme, Specialisterne NI, an Autism at Work social enterprise, is hosting a number of FREE social communication and team working workshops for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum across Northern Ireland.

What will ‘Second Thoughts’ involve?

Second Thoughts will involve taking part in two workshops:

1. A Lego Mindstorms Workshop where participants build Lego Mindstorms Robots in small teams.

Specialisterne Autism Consultants observe participants working in small teams and prepare individual Social Communication Profiles. These are then shared with each participant, which helps identify individual strengths in relation to managing a task and team working. Young people’s feedback from Lego Workshops has included:
‘It’s opened up mind on things. I never thought I was good at communicating, or working in a team, I may have more qualities than I think’
‘I found it very engaging and it allowed me to understand more about myself and also understand more about others.’
‘It made me feel that I can work with like-minded individuals. Also it was fun, not just by working together but by socialising with them getting to know them.’
‘It gave me more insight into what skills I have and how to develop that further.’
‘I found being a part of a team useful and having to do a task in a group and working with others’

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You can find out more about Lego Workshops here:  https://www.specialisterneni.com/about-us/assessment/

2. A Social Communication and Team Working Workshop where a professional actor acts out communication scenarios experienced by people on the  Autistic Spectrum.

Participants observe true-to-life scenarios and discuss strategies to overcome attitudinal and communication barriers. This workshop will also look at what it is like to be on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland. Young people’s feedback from Social Communication Workshops has included:
‘I really liked how they gave different viewpoints of different people on the spectrum.’
‘I liked the way there were roleplayed parts  to show people what it might be like for someone with Autism in that situation.’

Who are Specialisterne NI?

Specialisterne NI, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is part of the international Specialisterne network that has worked in 13 countries, for 13 years to support young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers. The Specialisterne NI team have studied Autism to Masters level. We have worked with over 300 young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, supporting individuals to better recognise their own strengths and abilities, and supporting employers, colleges, universities and organisations to better understand how to develop the skills of people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Why Second Thoughts?

In focus groups with young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum, participants have identified attitudinal and social communication barriers as the two main obstacles to being of communities. ‘Second Thoughts’ workshops seek to support pupils to learn more about social communication, identifying individual strengths and challenges, learning communication strategies, and supporting participants to better understand attitudinal barriers and how to work around these.
Second Thoughts workshops are informed by Autism theory, and the daily lived experience of young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland.

Who should attend?

Second Thoughts is a programme for pupils aged 14-18  who identify with being on the Autistic Spectrum (a diagnosis or statement is not required). We welcome all enquiries about attending the workshops.

Specialisterne NI invites schools in N. Ireland to take part in ‘Second Thoughts’.

Should your school be interested in participating in Second Thoughts, or to book places for pupils, please contact Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
Email: sharond@specialisterneni.com
Mob: 07565 936191
The Specialisterne NI team will meet with participating schools and will be available to meet with pupils to answer any questions regarding Second Thoughts.
Workshops will be scheduled at times that suit participating schools.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF FREE WORKSHOPS ARE LIMITED.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Specialisterne NI is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works to support people on the  Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers.

The ‘Second Thoughts’ programme is financed by the NI Executive, as part of the Central Good Relations Programme.

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Second Thoughts, Learning To Think Differently About The People You Meet: a new initiative for pupils aged 14-18

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Second Thoughts, Learning To Think Differently About The People You Meet: a new initiative for pupils aged 14-18.

Specialisterne NI, an Autism at Work consultancy that specialises in social communication difference, invites pupils with social communication difference such as Autism or Aspergers to take part in Second Thoughts, a new initiative for pupils aged 14-18.

An NI Executive Central Good Relations initiative, ‘Second Thoughts, Learning To Think Differently About The People You Meet‘  brings pupils from different schools together to take part in Lego and social communication workshops. Participants will discover individual skills and career strengths, and learn social communication strategies used by people on the Autistic Spectrum.

By building Lego Robots in small teams, you demonstrate skills in completing a systematic task, as well as skills in self and team management. We then share what we see with you, which can inform participants when considering future job roles. You can find out more about Lego Workshops here:

https://www.specialisterneni.com/about-us/assessment/

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Following the Lego Workshop participants will be invited to a second workshop where a professional actor will role play instances where communication has been challenging. Participants observe the role plays and discuss communication strategies, as well as overcoming attitudinal barriers, which may make relating easier. This workshop will also explore the experience of living in N Ireland and being on the Autistic Spectrum, what is that like. Workshops will take place between September 2017 and March 2018.

Places are limited. To find out how to take part or to invite Second Thoughts to your school, contact sharond@specialisterne.com, mobile 07565 936191

Second Thoughts is funded by the NI Executive as a Central Good Relations initiative.

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