Firefly Autism has earned the Certified Neurodiverse Workplace™(CNW) designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The program is designed to help leaders and teams better hire, retain, and work effectively with neurodivergent workers, including those with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
Neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace is becoming a focus for organizations looking to attract, hire and retain talent for a variety of positions and industries. Neurodivergent individuals, which includes professionals with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other differences, have a different way of thinking than neurotypical individuals. Organizations that utilize inclusive hiring and management practices, which can include staff training, accommodations, and updated policies and procedures, can better manage and nurture existing staff and attract the talent organizations need to stay competitive, increase effectiveness, and promote innovation.
“Firefly believes in the true value of every individual, no matter what. Understanding and championing neurodiversity fosters inclusivity and diverse perspectives, allows for unique experiences and interactions, and helps reduce stigmas around thinking and learning differences,” said Dr. Amanda Kelly, Executive Director and CEO of Firefly Autism. “This certification program is just another step in our journey to take action in our promotion of a neurodiverse workplace and to raise our awareness and education.”
For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been a leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES programs include evidence-based content and the perspectives of autistic individuals, alongside other resources, ongoing support, and renewal requirements to ensure continued learning and a lasting impact.
IBCCES also created CertifiedAutismCenter.com, as a free online resource that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) or Certified Neurodiversity Workplace™ (CNW) requirements.