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Workplace Design – How to build a thriving culture of neuro-acceptance

Wednesday, 16 August 2023

}12.00 pm – 1:00 pm (AEST)

AIIA member price: $0.00 (Incl. GST)


In this session we explore the learnings from 10 years of preparing individuals and workplaces to gain the most out of neurodiverse teams. We examine the evolution of neurodiverse culture in an organisation as they move from neuro-confidence to neuro-inclusion and finally on to neuro-acceptance and the work that needs to be done at each level.

Hear from industry leaders in workplace design and what this means for neurodivergent employees.



 Meredith Ward

Led Neuro Inclusion Specialist

auticon Pty Ltd

In addition to being a mother of an autistic child, Meredith has 20 years’ experience working for several well known NGOs that have a focus on providing better outcomes for autistic people. Meredith is truly passionate about providing a better future for those on the spectrum and communicating the valuable contribution they can make to businesses.


Beth Evans



Beth has extensive experience working in corporate human resources, recruitment, training, and people management. 15 years ago, Beth left the corporate world to work in the social services sector to support long-term unemployed individuals and those experiencing barriers in joining the workforce.

Five years later Beth and her business partner, launched 4GR for 4 Good Reasons – to create a legacy for their collective four children. They chose to do this with a business that teaches individuals their sense of agency, self-efficacy, and how to increase economic participation within community.

Beth completed a Graduate Certificate in Career Development in 2022 and is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).


Megan Hall

Learning & Development Coordinator

Monash IVF Group

Megan is a Psychology graduate from Curtain University, she understands the importance and benefits of creating inclusive spaces that embrace neurodiversity and is currently working within learning and development at Monash IVF. Throughout her academic journey, she found herself becoming increasingly drawn to the concept of neurodiversity and is now passionate about raising awareness and acceptance of neurodivergent individuals not only within her own workplace but also catering to the needs of neurodivergent individuals seeking the services of Monash IVF.


Chris Varney

Chief Enabling Officer

I CAN Network

Chris is an Autistic law graduate and a pioneer of Autistic-led service provision in Australia. He has a background in children’s rights and youth programs, having been 2009 Australian Youth Representative to the UN and World Vision Australia’s Manager of Youth.

Founding the I CAN Network in 2013, Chris has grown it into Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation with over 70 Autistic staff and 2,000+ young people in the program nationally.

Chris was also a recipient of the 2017 Supreme Court of Victoria’s Best Achievement in Human Rights Award. He serves as National Patron of the Australian Association for Special Education and is the Chairperson of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.



Dr. Ivonne Ranisch

Social Impact Director

auticon Pty Ltd

Ivonne has a passion for bringing diversity into businesses and helping them harnessing the benefits. Having worked across different industries Ivonne has a good understanding of why diversity is so important in any business and how it can create competitive advantage over others.


Check out the other webinar in this Online Briefing Series


How to empower neurodivergent talent to enrich your innovation strategy


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