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CAST 2016 Keynote - Neuro-Diversity and Software Development

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Published on Aug 22, 2016

"Neuro-Diversity and Software Development: Why the Tech Industry Needs all Kinds of Minds and How We Can Support Them" by Sallyann Freudenberg

Even if you are unaware of it, it’s likely that there is someone on your team (or has been in the past) with a non-typical neurology. It even seems there is a higher propensity towards autism and aspergers in STEM careers. Turns out that is actually a good thing.
We will begin by looking at the research on diversity and success.
We will then consider what is known about the autistic / aspergers mind with a particular view towards how that lend itself to developing software and how we might better support autists at work.
What about other forms of neurodiversity? We will look at depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD and consider why you might want such diversity on your team and how you can best support it.

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