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Navigating the Workplace

Strategies and Opportunities for Neurodivergent Job-Seekers and Employees

March 23 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Waltham, MA

Featuring presentations on hiring and internships by:

logo panel featuring of companies participating

About

This one-day workshop will include networking opportunities, presentations from researchers and companies with neurodiversity hiring initiatives and conversations with neurodiverse young professionals. Join us to explore how to make the workplace work for neurodivergent adults.

What do we mean by neurodivergent?

Neurodiversity is the idea neurological differences that can lead to challenges in learning and socializing are natural human variations. Diagnoses such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism are examples of these variations. With a deeper understanding of the differences that define all of us, learning and work environments can be designed to:

  1. Respect and accommodate these differences
  2. Harness the strengths that accompany them

 The label of neurodivergent transcends medical diagnoses and any adult who feels their neurology diverges from the “typical” may choose to adopt it.

Who should attend? 

There will be a wide variety of presentations and opportunities, making Navigating the Workplace a fantastic learning opportunity for:

  • Neurodivergent adults and students who are:
    • Entering the workforce for the first time
    • Searching for new strategies and opportunities to succeed at work
    • Interested in how to make workplaces more accessible
  • Parents, family members and friends
  • Professionals who support neurodivergent adults 
  • Employers who want to develop neurodiversity hiring initiatives

Agenda

Featured Presentations


Cognitive Reappraisal as a Strategy for Difficult Workplace Situations

Manju Banerjee, Ph.D.

Researcher, educator, professional development trainer with 30 years of experience in learning disabilities, ADHD, and disability services.


Young Adult Panel

Moderated by LeDerick Horne

Nationally renowned activist, speaker and advocate on learning disabilities.


Breakout Sessions

Entrepreneurship: Creating your own path

Marc L. Hoffman

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and educational therapist, and national advocate in the LD/ADHD community


Transitioning from School to Workplace

Natalie Tamburello and Claire Odom

Understood For All

Transitions can be tough and exciting for everyone. Transitions from school to career for someone with learning and attention issues present a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Join us for a session on disclosure, accommodations, job applications, resumes, interviews, workplace practices and more. Share your concerns, questions and insights with Understood for All as we work to build a better employee experience for the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues. We want your voice heard!


Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace

Chris Carlin, LCSW

Founder and Director of Clinical Services at the ASD Center for Therapeutic Services

Moderated by Suzanne Lang

Parent and partner advisor for Understood at the Poses Family Foundation


Representatives from Microsoft, EY, JP Morgan Chase, Fidelity Investments, and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children will discuss their neurodiversity hiring initiatives and offer advice to job-seekers for navigating the workplace. You can read more about the neurodiversity initiatives at these companies below.


Your chance to connect with companies, presenters and professionals....

The day will end with a networking session. Representatives from companies and presenters will be available to answer questions and talk with attendees. In addition we also create “table talk” groups so that you can connect with others with common interests.

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