April 14 – One Size Fits Nobody: Neuroinclusive Corporate Learning Design (Jessica Michaels)


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As educators, we design sessions to appeal to our learners, be engaging, drive participation, and spur behavior change. Without considering neurodiversity, however, we’ve created a one-size-fits-all solution that truly fits no one. Whether in person training or VILT, on-demand or live, corporate training may be ineffective at best, and harmful at worst, for up to 20% of your population. As an expert in both neurodiversity and corporate education, Jessica will use her experience as a late-in-life diagnosed neurodivergent with Autism and ADHD, as well as her passion for facilitation and instructional design, to transform your corporate learning to be neuroinclusive for all employees.

Topics will include:

  • What is neurodiversity?
  • How does neurodiversity affect the workplace?
  • Neurodiversity Myths
  • The role of corporate learning: How it helps and how it hurts
  • Neuroinclusive design for live training: content considerations; measurement, activities, and session planning
  • Neuroinclusive design for on-demand/elearning/job aids: length and format considerations, visual presentation
  • Facilitating neuroinclusive virtual and live sessions

After the session you will be able to:

  • Explain how neurodivergence shows up in the corporate training environment
  • Express why neuroinclusive learning is a benefit to all employees
  • Construct content and activities that are accessible and neuroinclusive
  • Evaluate how learning engagement is measured

Jessica Michaels spent the first two decades of her career hearing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing.” Her performance was fantastic, but for some reason she just rubbed people the wrong way. Still, she leaned on her strengths and powered her way from recruiting and sales to leadership. When she wasn’t training, managing, or selling, she toured the midwest as a standup comic. She became a recognized facilitator and speaker. However, the pattern repeated: Be a great individual contributor, get promoted to manager, and have things blow up spectacularly. Finally, she received a diagnosis that explained those struggles – Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.

That began the process of figuring out how and where someone who is “too much” could fit into the professional world and succeed. Along the way, she discovered how outdated and narrow ideas of what a “professional” person looked like, sounded like, and acted hurt both people and profits. She also found managers and leaders brave enough to open their minds and hearts to people who live and work differently. She now uses her passion, humor, and unique perspective as a neurodivergent professional to help employers and leaders bridge the Corporate Neurodivide.

Jessica and her wife, Ellie, currently live in Colorado with their aptly-named dog, Detritus. They are proud aunties of 3 niblings, and love to do all things geeky and nerdy. Befitting her neurodivergence, Jessica also collects gnomes, bells, elephants, seasonal decorations, and franchise merch. Current favorites include Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Bob’s Burgers. Her book, One Size Fits No One: A Guide to Neurodiversity in Employee Training and Engagement, will be available on Amazon and Audible in 2023 To book a session or for more information, reach out on her website at coachjessicamichaels.com.


Event Details

Date: April 14, 2023

Start time: 08:30 a.m. CST

End time: 11:00 a.m. CST

Venue: Virtual Meeting (Zoom)

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