DXC Dandelion Program

Embracing the value of integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workforce


About the Program

With the constant demand for new talent and technical skills in the IT industry, today more than ever, organisations are recognising the value and advantages that integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workforce brings.

The DXC Dandelion Program, part of DXC Technology’s Social Impact Practice, provides an environment that supports and celebrates the talents and skills of neurodiverse people — such as those with Autism, ADHD or Dyslexia — and helps them build valuable skills to pursue a career in information technology.

The primary aim of the sustainable program is to create the right environment, with the right support structure, to ensure that neurodiverse individuals are able to build valuable information technology, life, and executive functioning skills, and to learn and grow as employees and in society.


Snapshot of the DXC Dandelion Program

Key components

  • Unique selection and recruitment process
  • Pre-assessment workshops
  • Work experience programs
  • Organisational change programs
  • Tailored employment programs:
    • 12-month models
    • 3-year models
    • Various support structures

Ongoing innovation

  • Independent research studies in collaboration with local and global research partners
  • Key partnerships with industry organisations
  • Neurodiversity Hubs established across Australia, designed to build a continuous talent pool

Program partnerships

 Associations & industry bodies

  • Autism CRC
  • Untapped

Research, education & careers

  • La Trobe University – The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC)
  • Cornell University
  • Ro’im Rachok
  • SAP
  • NAB

Tools & technology

  • Life Sherpa
  • Uptimize

Program benefits


92%

Retention rate

75%

Job satisfaction

30-40%

Improved productivity

80%

Co-workers say the program does not add any additional overhead

60-100%

Additional resources added by customers to expand their programs, after initial success

100%

Customers have offered permanent employment to neurodiverse employees at program conclusion


News and insights

A world-first mental health toolkit to support neurodiverse employers

A collaboration between DXC, La Trobe University and ANZ Bank helps organisations better support neurodiverse employees.

2021 Social Impact Practice Report

DXC is proud to demonstrate the impact we are making for our people, customers, partners, and the broader community. 

Diversity of thought enables competitive advantage for NAB

Neurodiversity program addresses the demand for new talent in the IT industry, and achieves outstanding business results for National Australia Bank.

DXC Dandelion Program Awards

  • 2020 iTnews Benchmark Awards: Diversity Project of the Year for 2019
  • 2019 NAB Supplier Awards: Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability
  • 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards: Skills Transformation of Work Teams
  • 2019 ACS South Australian Young Professional of the Year (Felicia Vozzo) – for her work in the DXC Dandelion Program
  • 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards: Young Professional of the Year – Gold Disruptor (Felicia Vozzo) – for her work in the DXC Dandelion Program
  • 2018 ISG ANZ Paragon Awards – Impact category
  • 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence and Inclusion in Business
  • 2017 AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards: Will Spensley Memorial Award
  • 2017 AIIA iAwards South Australia: Community Services
  • 2015 AIIA iAwards ACT: Inclusion and Community
  • 2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference: Outstanding Service in the Autism Spectrum Field
  • 2015 Amaze Community Awards: Excellence in Business Leadership
100+
neurodiverse individuals employed within 11 teams across Australia
Over $2.5M
invested into neurodiversity and mental health research
500+
global organisations accessing our open-sourced tools
12+
Neurodiversity Hubs established with Universities and research partners