Employment of Persons with Neuro-developmental Disabilities in the IT Industry
7 December 2017
02:30 PM~04:30 PM
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Neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) are impairments in the growth, development and functioning of the central nervous system, which lead to individuals suffering a combination of, but not limited to, deficits in social communication and interaction, cognitive ability, motor skills, sensory processing and behavioral issues, to name a few. They can be caused by genetic predispositions, abnormalities in chromosomal functioning, exposure to toxins during pregnancy, and trauma during birth. Common NDDs include ADHD, learning disorders, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome. Persons with NDDs are among the most marginalized sub-groups within the disability sector due to a lack of understanding about the complexity of their conditions. Even more significantly, there is a prevailing stigma and an unawareness about the immense potential such individuals possess, which further hinder any efforts to mainstream them into society. Therefore, the objective of this seminar is to promote the strengths and talents of these individuals that make them ideal for certain jobs in the IT industry, such as data entry, software debugging and graphic design. Creating employment opportunities for persons with NDDs would be the most ground-breaking way of promoting their inclusion in society as well as helping them to have a positive and dignified quality of life.