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Upcoming Virtual Conference Offers Education Around Neurodiversity in the Workplace

The Els for Autism Foundation will host the Autism Innovations and Global Impact Conference “Building a Neurodiverse Workforce” on March 12-13, 2021. The conference will provide tools and best practices for businesses or individuals interested in hiring employees with autism spectrum disorder, initiating a neurodiverse workforce program, or expanding an existing program.

The day-and-a-half virtual conference will feature presentations by renowned industry leaders, engaging breakout sessions, and insightful panel discussions.

Keynote speakers include Temple Grandin, autism activist and Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University; Craig Leen, Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor; Tom D.Eri, Co-Founder and the COO of Rising Tide Car Wash, and Paul Wehman, Ph.D.  Professor of Special Education and Counseling, Director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, those from the HR industry who attend are eligible to receive Personal Development Credits (PDCs), for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

“For the past decade, Els for Autism Foundation has been changing the landscape by creating and disseminating programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum. I am honored to be co-chairing the Building a Neurodiverse Workforce conference which brings together thought leaders from the business world, government, and academia who are enhancing employment opportunities and practices for individuals on the autism spectrum,” said Michael Alessandri, Ph.D., Executive Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) and Els for Autism Foundation Board Member.

Registration will open in the coming weeks. Early bird pricing will be available for $150 per person.