1 day to Digital DNA

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Specialisterne NI is delighted to have been shortlisted for an award for www.specialisterneni.com. Developed by AllState NI, as part of a Dragon’s Den initiative,  www.specialisterneni.com allows employers to post jobs directly, to attract talented people on the Autistic Spectrum for job roles.

Job seekers can register, build profiles, engage in a secure user forum, and save their preferred jobs.

Employers can view (anonymised) candidate profiles, and see just some of the skills talented people on the Autistic Spectrum can bring in addition to skills in pattern thinking and systemizing, that we so often see.

Best Tech Innovation in the Third Sector

sponsored by The Building Change Trust

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector is increasingly adopting digital and tech solutions to achieve their goals. This award is a recognition of those efforts and is exclusively open to Voluntary and Community Groups, Social Enterprises and Charities.

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Specialisterne NI Chair Congratulations

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Congratulations to Specialisterne NI Chair Jonny McBride, whose company Cannon Hygiene is a finalist for the ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards for 2016.

We are hoping you win!

Thanks to Jonny and to the Board for the time they give every month to helping develop Specialisterne NI to support our local contribution to Specialisterne’s worldwide aim of 1 million jobs for people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Coaching Employees with Social Communication Difference

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Due to demand, Specialisterne NI are hosting Level 1 and Level 2 multi-company workshops on 20 May 2016 in Managing Employees with Social Communication Difference.

Working with professional actor and illustrator Patrick Sanders, the Specialisterne NI team will present moments of social communication difference in the workplace, and explore what can cause and help reduce potential misunderstandings.

The combination of role-plays, illustration, video and examples from Specialisterne NI practice, helps make the workshop immersive and enjoyable.

The Level 2 Coaching workshop aims to:

– Increase understanding of work styles of employees with social communication difference

– Explore the coaching situation: support to elicit information to help you make good decisions, to create or build a positive working relationship, and to reduce communication barriers

– Provide opportunity to practice: Participant coaching: participants have opportunity to interact with professional actor role playing composite characters based on actual work experiences.

– Scenarios are observed and coaching  tips given by Specialisterne NI team

Feedback from Level 2 training:

‘The role playing was excellent and memorable’

‘I really enjoyed the roleplaying and scenarios, they were very good in illustrating the issues’

‘I liked everything’

Note: The Level 2 workshop builds on the learnings from the Level 1 workshop.

Refreshments will be provided at both sessions and a light lunch will be provided for those attending both sessions!

Date: Friday 20th May 2016
Venue: Skainos, Newtownards Road, Belfast

Level 1 Session – 10am – 12.30pm
Level 2 Session – 1.30pm – 4pm

Cost £135 per workshop

Booking by Eventbrite (fee: £8.62) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coaching-employees-with-social-communication-difference-level-2-workshop-tickets-24887485138

Alternatively to book a place and request an invoice or to pay by credit card, contact: sharond@specialisterne.com, or elaine.houston@specialisterne.com

Note:10% discount for booking Level 1 morning AND Level 2 afternoon sessions (to book both sessions please contact: sharond@specialisterne.com, or elaine.houston@specialisterne.com)

Payment is due 7 days prior to the training.  The names of participants attending can be changed at any time.

Note: A Level 1 Workshop is available to book for the morning session.

Managing Employees with Social Communication Difference- Level 1 Workshop

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Due to demand, Specialisterne NI are hosting Level 1 and Level 2 multi-company workshops on 20 May 2016 in Managing Employees with Social Communication Difference.

Working with professional actor and illustrator Patrick Sanders, the Specialisterne NI team will present moments of social communication difference in the workplace, and explore what can cause and help reduce potential misunderstandings.

The combination of role-plays, illustration, video and examples from Specialisterne NI practice, helps make the workshop immersive and enjoyable. The Level 1 workshop aims to:

– Develop an understanding of what behaviours of Social Communication Difference (or Autism/Aspergers) may look like in the workplace

– Increase understanding of the experience of social communication difference in the workplace

– Enhance confidence in managing people with communication difference or who are on the Autistic Spectrum

– Provide opportunity to observe and discuss role-plays that represent real life situations

Feedback from Level 1 training in March 2016:

‘Excellent training, highly engaging and exceptional use of role plays and visual cues, thank you’

‘Having met Harry (role play character) many times it is critical that I understand his/her point of context’

‘Informative presentation on social perceptions with excellent role plays and drawings’

‘Best training ever’

Date: 20 May 2016

Times: 10am-12:30pm

Venue, Skainos, 241 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Cost £135

Booking by Eventbrite fee: £8.62 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-employees-with-social-communication-difference-level-1-workshop-tickets-24886961572

Alternatively to book a place and request an invoice or to pay by credit card, contact: sharond@specialisterne.com, or elaine.houston@specialisterne.com

Note: A Level 2 Workshop is available to book for the afternoon session.

Online Training in Working while on the Autistic Spectrum- book now!

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Specialisterne NI has developed 1/2 day training workshops for adults on the Autistic Spectrum. Training workshops inform participants  of common experiences of people on the Autistic Spectrum who are studying, job-seeking or working in graduate level roles. We are now delighted to offer this training online and places can be booked for one-to-one online training or places on small group online workshops.

The workshop is interactive and draws from Specialisterne NI practice as well as being informed by existing theories of Autism. Training is delivered by Specialisterne NI team, all of whom have studied a MSc Autism and have daily experience supporting talented people on the Autistic Spectrum and employers. https://www.specialisterneni.com/about-us/).

In the workshop  you will view a range of communication scenarios: at interview, at college or in the workplace, and we will consider potential reasons behind the communication, as well as ways of making communication better. Having worked with employers for over 13 years, and having supported over 200 people on the Autistic Spectrum who are job seekers or currently in work, we hope this experience will help you be better informed to prepare for work,  job seek or to perform a work role.

For further information, or to book, please contact Sharon on 07565 936191, or email sharond@specialisterne.com

Perceptions: The Travelling Autism Workshop

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On the eve of Autism Awareness month we celebrate the learnings the Specialisterne NI team have gleaned from Perceptions: a travelling Autism workshop, which was part of DCAL’s Creativity month. Perceptions took our team to 5 colleges and universities to role play communication scenarios experienced by talented people on the Autistic Spectrum in NI colleges and workplaces. Careers, employability and lecturing staff at Belfast Metropolitan College, Ulster University (Jordanstown and Magee), Queen’s University, Belfast and South West College were introduced to 3 people on the Autistic Spectrum, all acted by professional actor Patrick Saunders. Participants heard what may lead to communication differences, and learnt ways of making communication more successful (with autistic/non-autistic students).

Our final workshop was with students on the Autistic Spectrum, which as usual defied all theory books and taught us more than we had opportunity to teach. We learnt that our talented group of animation, media and film studies students, if given the choice, would prefer to be in the team room pictured above. Participants shared that although communication is not always easy, it is still rewarding and interesting, and that we are so much more than what we speak.

The best advice we can give for Autism Awareness Month is:

  • be aware we all carry bias, its ingrained and hard to shake
  • when we meet someone who communicates differently, be prepared to adapt how you communicate first
  • be curious. After all, in the words of one of our participants: who would you rather be with, someone who just says what is expected, or someone who is an original thinker, who thinks outside of the box.

Perceptions develop through years of implicit teaching by society. The more Autistic company I keep the more mine are challenged, and the less useful ones shaken off.  If you would like to employ original thinkers at your company, contact sharond@specialisterne.com

Lego Workshops: A Central Good Relations Initiative

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Specialisterne NI, a recruitment and training consultancy that specialises in social communication difference, invites people with social communication difference such as Autism or Aspergers to attend Lego Workshops in March 2016.

An OFMDFM Central Good Relations initiative, the Workshops aim to better prepare you to enter or progress in the Northern Ireland work community.

By building Lego Robots in small teams, you demonstrate skills in completing a systematic task, as well as self and team management. We then share what we see with you and where appropriate use this information to match you to job roles, or to help you prepare for future job roles.

Following the assessment you will be invited to a one day workshop on 22 March where a professional actor will role play instances in the workplace where communication has been challenging. Participants observe the role plays and have the opportunity to consider communication in the workplace, including workarounds and what has worked for other people with social communication difference such as Autism in the workplace.

Places are limited. To book, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lego-workshops-tickets-22484695329

Update: March Lego Workshops are now fully booked and we have started a waiting list. If you are interested in attending March or future workshops please email sharond@specialisterne.com

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Perceptions: Develop Your Talent

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Develop your talent: How to study and work with Social Communication Difference (such as being on the Autistic Spectrum).

 

In partnership with the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure and in line with Creativity Month (March 2016), Specialisterne NI are hosting a FREE half-day workshop in Belfast on Thursday 24th March!  Learn to be part of an increasingly diverse workforce and to communicate in future work roles.

 

The workshop is aimed at University and College students who are studying to secure a career in Creative Arts, Digital Content and Film Production. Students with Social Communication Difference (such as being on the Autistic Spectrum) as well as students who are interested in the experience of students with social communication difference are welcome to attend.

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Forbes Article with Specialisterne Founder Thorkil Sonne: This Visionary may completely disrupt the tech industry as we know it

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Thorkil Sonne, Founder of Specialisterne

 

‘Utilize a “variance-widening” approach, in which companies actively hire individuals with “differences” (abilities or qualities the company doesn’t currently have). Hire unusual people; assess their skills carefully so you know what capabilities you have to work with. Keep the connection to short-term job needs loose, with the assumption that job requirements will continually evolve. Understand that candidates need not be “well-rounded”, since depth in one area can often offset shortfalls in other areas.’

‘one of his proudest moments involved a team of individuals on the autism spectrum (Team Specialisterne) winning a prestigious European robotic competition organized by European Space Agency.’

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2016/01/19/this-visionary-may-completely-disrupt-the-tech-industry-as-we-know-it/#6b32ffd7890e