NEW UNISON Learning Offer! – Neurodiversity Workshop for Activists

23 November 2021 9:30am–1:00pm

Online - Via ZOOM

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Tuesday 23rd November 0930am

Understanding how to harness the varied skills and strengths of a diverse workforce is key to creating good company culture and success in the workplace. In this workshop we will be exploring neurodiversity, and what it means to be neurodiverse. We will talk about inclusive practice, and what can be done to enhance wellbeing and productivity in the workplace. Hidden disabilities can easily go unidentified and subsequently unsupported, so this workshop aims to raise awareness surrounding all types of ‘disabilities’, and what can be done to harness each individual’s strengths and reduce their challenges.

The workshop will cover:
● Different models of disability
● The neurodiversity umbrella and the different types of learning
differences (ie. dyslexia), and their various impacts
● Reasonable adjustments that can be made to remove barriers at
work and how to better support people with specific needs
● Top free and low-cost tools to support neurodiverse teams
● Understanding Access to Work funding for employees and making
● Understanding masking
● Invitation to share experiences

Disclosing a disability and advocating for support can be a scary thing, but with enough awareness and understanding, a negative experience can be turned into a really positive step forward, helping the individual progress and thrive, with confidence in the way they work.

We have 16 spaces available on this course. Booked on a first come first served basis.

Are you an activist wanting to learn more on how to support neurodiverse members?


We hope that employers and Managers see the benefit to requesting time off to attend from your workplace.

You may want to make your Branch Union Learning Representative or Education Officer aware that you are attending this course to link with other learners or join the local learning network

If you are in need of support to request time off from your work to attend please talk to the branch to gain support.

These sessions are being held in the morning but if you are on shift or working and want to attend you may be able to negotiate time off from your workplace.

You may have a local policy or learning agreement to support with gaining reasonable time off to attend our learning from your employer. There is also guidance via ACAS – Time off advice

For further learning options please keep an eye on our webpage and social media.

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us

Email: SW Education Enquiries



Am I entitled to time off to attend a course?
Yes, you should approach your line manager to arrange time off in the
same way you would for annual leave. We hope that Line Managers and employers see the benefit for you attending our UNISON Learning offer. The right to time off in workplaces where the UNISON is recognised, trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training. Where there isn’t a recognition agreement or facility time agreement, reps should seek advice from their branch in the first instance in regards to time off for training. By registering to this course using the booking button please ensure you have the time off to attend. Support for requesting time off can be offered.

What are our courses like?
Our courses are friendly and informal. Our training is aimed at making
learning a fun rather than a daunting experience. Everyone’s views and experiences are listened to. You will not be lectured at and given every opportunity to participate and there is no exam at the end unlike school or college. We have guidance on this under our ” Working together guidelines”

Points to consider
Where are you going to be doing the online course? In a busy or loud
environment which may be distracting? Somewhere where you are likely to be interrupted? If possible find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home. What equipment are you going to use? To access all of our E-learning courses, you will need a tablet or computer. If you are using your employer’s IT equipment, then make sure you have permission to use it for a trade union course. Most facility agreements allow you to use employer equipment, but check with your branch if you are unsure. Ensure that you have access to use ZOOM or TEAMs.

What happens if I need to cancel my place on an e-leaning course?
Due to our members learning courses being in high demand, with waiting lists if we exceed numbers, we ask that you notify us as a matter of urgency to enable us to be able to offer the place to others who may be on the waiting list.


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