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So far Carol has created 14 blog entries.

Neurodiverse Practices – How to Onboard Employees with Autism

Onboarding Practices for Employees with Autism You’ve taken the first step and hired a person with autism. Congratulations! Your next challenge is to ensure that the transition into the organization is as smooth as possible for both the new employee and your existing staff. There are four key steps to onboarding an employee [...]

By | 2017-12-12T13:52:06+00:00 December 12th, 2017|blogs|

Neurodiverse Practices – How to Hire People with Autism

How to Hire People with Autism  Companies that hire people with autism have found them to be some of the most creative, thorough, and reliable employees they have. This is not a grandiose claim; I speak from first-hand experience. Over the past three years, I have successfully recruited, trained, placed, and hired many [...]

By | 2017-12-05T13:23:58+00:00 December 5th, 2017|blogs|

Unconscious Biases – Career Progression for People on the Autism Spectrum

Unconscious Biases Career progression for people on the autism spectrum In a neurotypical world, career progression is about gaining skills, experience and responsibility, earning more money, and climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. It is not as straightforward for people on the autism spectrum. In my years of working closely with companies that neurodiversify, [...]

By | 2017-11-28T12:39:35+00:00 November 28th, 2017|blogs|

Unconscious Biases – Work Assignments for People on the Autism Spectrum

Unconscious BiasesWork assignments for people on the autism spectrumMost people on the spectrum who manage to find a job – which is a challenge in itself – are typically underemployed. This is due to the unconscious biases that exist regarding the capabilities of an autistic person. The most common being that everything must be [...]

By | 2017-11-21T14:46:55+00:00 November 21st, 2017|blogs|

Unconscious Biases – Workplace Suitability for People with Autism

Unconscious BiasesWorkplace suitability for people on the autism spectrumAt Focus Professional Services, 75% of our employees are on the autism spectrum. We are financially viable and our business model is sustainable. We are living proof that hiring individuals on the spectrum is “bottom-line” good for business.So why aren’t more organizations neurodiversifying? Partly it is [...]

By | 2017-11-14T12:06:22+00:00 November 14th, 2017|blogs|

Why Neurodiversify – Impact on Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Why Neurodiversify?Impact on People with Autism Many people with autism survive on disability pensions, in poverty, with very few options. The very nature of their autism makes getting and keeping a job almost an insurmountable challenge.Equally frustrating to autistics, is society’s expectations that people on the autism spectrum should “adapt” to the neurotypical world and [...]

By | 2017-11-07T13:28:58+00:00 November 7th, 2017|blogs|

Why Neurodiversify – Impact on Corporate Culture and Productivity

Why Neurodiversify? Impact on Corporate Culture and Productivity The two biggest concerns employers have when hiring people with autism are: Will they fit in and will they be productive. Truth is they may not ever fit in socially, but they will fit in when it comes to their productivity, work ethic, and loyalty. [...]

By | 2017-10-31T11:51:34+00:00 October 31st, 2017|blogs|

Why Neurodiversify – Impact on Economy & Organization

Why Neurodiversify? Impact on Economy and Business To understand why it makes sense for organizations to neurodiversify, let’s consider the facts. There’s no denying the fact that talent is becoming more and more difficult to source worldwide. In British Columbia, the shortage of talent predicted is significant and will have a negative impact [...]

By | 2017-10-31T11:27:20+00:00 October 24th, 2017|blogs|

Vancouver Entrepreneur podcast interview

Carol Simpson has worked in the IT field for over 30 years, managing departments with 60+ IT professionals and project budgets of $50M. Her career began in Vancouver as a programmer at IBM Canada and moved on to operate her own software development shop. She now runs Focus Professional Services and is one of a [...]

By | 2017-08-10T10:46:22+00:00 July 17th, 2017|media|