Alex Manners Talks during Neurodiversity Celebration Week
Asperger's Champion, Public Speaker and Includability Ambassador, Alex Manners, presented to a staff network of our Includability Committed Employers, Forestry Commission during Neurodiversity Celebration Week.
Alex gave his brilliant “My life living with Asperger’s” online talk to Forestry Commission’s recently established Disability, Neurodiversity and Carers staff network in the Forestry Commission after meeting fellow Includability Ambassador Wali Rahman - Diversity and Wellbeing Manager at Forestry Commission – at one of Includability’s Employer Support Groups (ESG) in 2020.
How did Forestry Commission and Alex Manners connect?
Wali was keen to share the author of ‘That's Not Right! My life Living with Asperger's’ experience with his colleagues and helped facilitate the meeting the staff network.
Wali said: “I met Alex at the launch of Includability in 2020, with us both being Includability Ambassadors. I was really impressed and inspired by Alex’s story and the work he does. Ever since, I have been looking for an opportunity to invite Alex to share his story so colleagues and managers can benefit from his knowledge, expertise and lived experience.
“We recently launched our Disability, Neurodiversity and Carers staff network who invited Alex to present his talk “My life living with Asperger’s” to our staff during Neurodiversity Celebration Week. We have received lots of positive feedback from the event and highly recommend all organisations who are genuine in promoting neurodiversity in their workplace to invite Alex and hear what he has to say.”
Alex added, “When Wali moved to his new role at the Forestry Commission, he got back in touch. Subsequently a talk was arranged, and Alex presented a talk all about “My Life Living with Asperger’s” to Wali and his colleagues during Neurodiversity Celebration Week”.
How do Forestry Commission use Includability?
The Forestry Commission have used Includability community effectively to engage with their colleagues during celebration days, contacts, potential partnerships and using the expertise of our verification partners to receive support in their work and best practice tips.
Wali has contacted a number of Includability Ambassadors, Official Partners and Committed Employers to help him with his role including, The Well HQ, Black Lives Matter UK and The Gym Group.
He said, “Another connection I made through Includability, Dr Bella Smith from The Well HQ who delivered a talk for us on World Menopause Day 2022. Includability also helped to put me in touch with the likes of Black Lives Matter UK, Flair and the Gym Group whom we’ve worked with in some way or another and not to mention the verification partners.”
What is Includability Connexxions?
With Wali connecting with Alex, The Well HQ and others in our wonderful community, Includability unlocks the power of networking and helping organisations create, not only a committed workplace, but also in developing connections with like-minded professionals and businesses to help achieve business goals of achieving a more diverse, sustainable and mentally healthy workplace culture.
At Includability we are always looking at how we can celebrate the inclusive community you have helped create. We have launched a new set of articles called Includability ConneXXions which will be highlighting the networking side of the community and showcasing organisations that have used other Ambassadors, Members and Partner services to grow or help them in their goals to create an inclusive workplace. This will be promoted across the website, social media and newsletters and we would love to tell Your ConneXXion Stories
Please use the form below to let us know who, where and how Includability has Connected you with another company, person or organisation. Or email Chris at email@example.com