Understanding ADHD in the Workplace
The WAM Programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers.
When: Tuesday, September 26th 2023 from 11.30am – 1.00pm.
What: An online session to provide awareness and understanding about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the workplace. The webinar will be run in partnership with ADHD Ireland.
More about WAM: The WAM programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a 6-month minimum fully paid and mentored work placement with high profile employers. WAM was established in 2005 and, to date, have placed over 600 graduates with both private and public sector employers.
ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical/neurobiological condition in which the brain’s neurotransmitter chemicals; noradrenalin and dopamine do not work properly.
It is a genetic and long-term condition which affects learning and behaviour right through the school years and in many cases beyond into adulthood. (ADHD Ireland)
According to AHEAD’s report on Students with Disabilities Engaged with Support Services in Higher Education in Ireland for the academic period 2020/21 there are nearly 18,000 students with disabilities in higher education and 5.5% of whom had ADHD. (AHEAD, 2022)
The aim of this webinar is to provide an understanding of ADHD. The webinar will also discuss how ADHD can present for people on a day to day basis with an emphasis on the potential impact on work and what supports are available to employees and employers.
The webinar will be hosted by Phillip Carroll, WAM Project Officer in AHEAD, with a featured presentation from Ken Kilbride, CEO of ADHD Ireland, as well as a personal account of living with ADHD from Lauren McBride - Host of the ADHD Ireland Podcast. The webinar will then wrap up with a question-and-answer session.
Philip joined the AHEAD team in 2022 and is working as a Project Officer on The Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) Programme. Philip holds a BSc in Psychology and is currently undertaking an MA in Psychotherapy. Not only is Philip working on the WAM Programme, but he is also a former participant of the WAM Programme in 2018. Philip strives to use this unique perspective of the challenges faced by graduates with disabilities in the workplace and offer support and guidance as they begin their respective careers.
Ken Kilbride is the CEO at ADHD Ireland. Ken has over 25 years experience in senior management positions in a wide range of both very large and very small not for profit organisations in Ireland (drinkware.ie; Consumers Association; Fianna Fail). His role with ADHD Ireland is to enact the vision and strategy of the Board, and in the words of Captain James T Kirk take this ADHD organisation to where no ADHD organisation has ever been before!
Lauren is in her final year, studying Applied Psychology in IADT Dun Laoghaire.
Her thesis explores the lived experience of ADHD in women and she is also the host for the podcast “Let’s Chat ADHD” for ADHD Ireland. Lauren is involved with “All Abilities”, who deliver positive programmes for people of all abilities, and aim to create an inclusive environment for people of all ages.
Lauren struggled to keep a job in various positions, due to issues with routine, focus and attention to detail. After receiving a diagnoses, she has worked as a homecare assistant with hours that suited her work abilities and returned to education where she is finishing her degree in Applied Psychology.