iThink is the IPO’s neurodiversity network for colleagues with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. We are committed to making the IPO a brilliant place to work for those with neurodiverse conditions and supporting all colleagues to better understand how these conditions affect people. We run staff talks on colleagues experiences of living and working at the IPO with autism and dyslexia along with a number of other projects to make the IPO a brilliant place to work.
Things we’re most proud of this year
We worked with IPInclusive and ASC Cymru to deliver a webinar about “Colleagues on the autism spectrum” (recording and slides from the webinar arehere) in September.
A colleague with dyspraxia gave a talk on his experiences of that and some background on dyslexia as part of IP Inclusive week in November 2019.
We ran two lunch and learn sessions on autism in the workplace for colleagues in which a colleague with autism and his former line manager share their experiences
We successfully trialled providingASC Awaretraining to a patent examining group and intend to roll that out more broadly in the coming year to any groups that want it.
We have contributed to office initiatives around improving interviews for those with neurodiverse conditions, improving the accessibility of training and other documentation.
Things we’ll concentrate on next year
We aim to work with IPInclusive to deliver a webinar about dyslexia/dyspraxia.
We aim to give more talks on autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia to increase awareness of these conditions and how they affect people living with them.
We intend to continue rolling out ASC Aware training.
We want to continue our efforts to improve interviews for those with neurodiverse conditions, the accessibility of training and other documents.