University of Queensland

Partnering with the CoAct Network to examine the barriers and enablers autistic individuals face in securing & maintaining employment in Southeast QLD.

Dr Miriam Moeller and the research team at University of Queensland (UQ) are paving the way for neuroinclusion in the workplace

Their research aims to reduce the under-employment of autistic people by identifying the barriers and enablers to successful employment.

This research project, under the leadership of Drs Miriam Moeller and Emily R. Russo at the University of Queensland and Dr Dana L. Ott at the University of Otago in New Zealand, focuses on examining the barriers and enablers autistic individuals face in securing and maintaining employment in Southeast Queensland.

Dr Miriam Moeller and co-investigators Dr Dana L. Ott and Dr Emily R. Russo are pleased to ‘move the needle forward’ for neuroinclusion in the workplace.

Neuroinclusion respects everybody’s way of thinking, acting, and contributing. It’s significantly underestimated what magnificent outcomes neuroinclusion could have for an organization. But if we’re not willing or prepared to generate awareness and continuously learn about neuroinclusion, then we’re not going to move the needle forward.

The team will seek the perspectives of 50 participants, and to share their findings regionally, nationally, and internationally. They will do this using the three separate opportunities below:

  1. The development of an Autistic Employment Playbook (AEP);
  2. A stakeholder roundtable event; and
  3. A forum and networking event.

Participants are comprised of autistic jobseekers, autistic employees, organisations who employ autistic people and Disability Employment Service (DES) providers. Insights will be collated into a playbook to highlight what is working well, what is not working well, and where we can do better.

Final resources and findings will then be communicated across stakeholder roundtable and networking events, before being made publicly available.

View the research expression of interest form.

About the researchers

Miriam Moeller (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in International Business at The University of Queensland, Australia. Miriam takes particular interest in and regularly publishes about: human resource management; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and talent management in global organisations. Miriam is a regular international presenter on Neurodiversity and has contributed to projects related to neuroinclusion.

Dana L. Ott (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in International Management at The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her research interests include Neurodiversity in organisations, cultural intelligence, and talent management. Dana has been invited to speak about Neurodiversity to the Australian & New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine, Otago Polytechnic Neurodiversity Community of Practice, and Ministry of Superpowers Neuroabilities Symposium. Dana has contributed toward projects related to transformational international experiences, remote worker personas, and talent management in small, advanced economies.

Emily R. Russo (PhD) is an Industry Fellow at The University of Queensland. She serves on the board as a Non-Executive Director at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest provider of Autism specific services. Emily has a background in professional services and has worked for consulting firms globally. She regularly undertakes media interviews, podcasts, speaks at conferences, and advises companies on Autism in the workplace.

Learn more about this initiative by contacting our team via [email protected]

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