DMA Talent: Neurodiversity initiative


Why are DMA Talent leading this initiative?

According to the National Autistic Society there are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK, of those, just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time, paid employment. With DMA Talent's help and training, businesses can learn how to become more 'neurodiverse friendly', ensuring they are able to choose from a wider talent pool and seek out the most capable individuals for their roles.

What are DMA Talent's main aims?

We want to educate employers about how making straightforward adjustments to business environments will enable them to tap into this underutilised and highly talented pool of people. In addition, more has to be done by the data and marketing industries to support neurodiverse individuals to ensure they feel welcome and are encouraged to take up roles where their specialised skills will be valued.

Why now?

DMA Talent have the support from several leading experts that are able to help spearhead this initiative.

Additionally, Matthew Trerise, who has 15 years' experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, will be leading the training workshops. Since 2009, he has worked in a specialised NHS diagnostic service to help develop their diagnostic programme and assist businesses with their training. He has advised multiple employers on alterations they should make to their recruitment procedures and working environment to be 'autism friendly'.

Meet Matt in our short series of videos:

Find out more information about the initiative:

Find out more about what autism is:

Step 1: Engage

Attend one of our free-to-attend workshops run by a specialist in autism spectrum conditions. Explore what autism is, neurodiversity in the workplace and recruitment & retention of neurodiverse employees.

Dates & locations:


  • 23 September 2019, 9 - 2pm - Bayes Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT


  • 29 October 2019, 9 - 2pm - DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, W1W 8SS

Who should attend?

Those who are actively seeking to recruit and retain the most talented employees, and are prepared to take away their learnings and implement changes to ensure their working environment is neuro-diverse friendly. If you're passionate to effect change, we're passionate about you!

The training sessions will be most suited for individuals in HR/Talent/Diversity, or those with influence over internal processes.

Please contact James Dredge to book your free place.

Step 2: Review

Is your business operating in an inclusive way?

Taking the learnings from the workshops, consider if making these adjustments are feasible and how these would work within your business.

We'll help you consider: which roles neurodiverse employees would suit, adapting recruitment and internal processes, the physical working environment, preparing colleagues etc.

Step 3: Action

Make your business more neurodiverse friendly.

We understand making these adjustments isn't going to be an overnight process. We'll help guide you on the next steps to action this change in your business.

If this is something you're particularly passionate about, we'll be looking for help to develop a framework following the training sessions.

Book now:

Get in touch with James Dredge to secure your free place at one of the workshops or to find out more information.

Note: Maximum 2 people per business per session. Members take priority in booking; if you are a non-member you will be added to a waiting list and informed closer to the date if there is availability.

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