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September 11, 2018

 The ABC’s Employable Me series helped raise awareness about the discrimination faced by those with conditions such as autism and OCD who are looking for work. The show was a hit and challenged misconceptions around those living with neuro-diverse conditions.


In April, ABC Television ran a thought-provoking series that challenged Australia’s perception of hiring people living with neuro-diverse conditions. The result of the show, Employable Me, was ground-breaking and posed a number of questions for those working in recruitment.


Producer Jenni Wilks (pictured right) told The Brief the series followed a number of Australians with neuro-diverse conditions such as autism, Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).


The series utilised the skills of a number of experts to help identify the hidden talents these jobseekers have to match them with jobs where those skills are needed.


This included harnessing the attention to detail a jobseeker with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder might have, or the deep well of knowledge jobseekers with autism can develop.


“The premise of the series was to challenge misconceptions and myths about people who are neuro-diverse and the enormous contribution they can make to the workplace,” Wilks explained.