Neurodiversity and Employment

This course is free for TNOTA members.

Neurodiversity and Employment

Self Paced Online Course 
$20 | 1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]
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In partnership with the Frist Center for Autism & Innovation, this occupational therapy professional development course discusses un/underemployment in the autistic community, how the neurodiversity movement alters our approach to autism at work, and what we can do to empower neurodivergent adults searching for meaningful employment.

Historically, autism has been understood from a purely deficit-based perspective. Understandably, clinicians have focused almost entirely on how to address the very real challenges of being on the spectrum. However, many autistic people have begun to push back against the idea that having autism is solely a bad thing - instead, they are describing it as a unique set of both challenges and talents (this is called neurodiversity!). For example, lots of folks on the spectrum are gifted in pattern recognition, detail perception, visual thinking, task repetition and more. The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation is the world's first university research center focused specifically using a strengths-based approach to promoting autism and neurodiversity in the workplace. This is desperately needed, because 80% of autistic adults are un- or under-employed! We'll talk about why this number is so high, how the neurodiversity movement alters our approach to autism at work, and what we can do to empower neurodivergent adults who are searching for meaningful employment

Presented by: Claire Barnett
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Learning Objectives
After completing this occupational therapy continuing education course, the learner will be able to:
  • define neurodiversity
  • identify employment-related strengths that autistic individuals may have
  • identify two employment challenges that may be faced by a neurodiverse individual

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or TNOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 80% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Course Author

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program. This course is free for TNOTA Members.