Upcoming USA Summit: Fall 2019

Learn from the growing number of organisations benefiting from the talent, skills and strengths of a neurodiverse workforce! The upcoming Autism at Work summit and roundtable will be held in Florida over 3 days during Fall: 10, 11, 12 October 2019.

 

The 2019 Autism at Work Spring Summit

The 2019 Autism at Work Spring Summit unified research institutions, corporations and individuals this May, sponsored by the Autism at Work Employer Roundtable in Redmond, WA USA. The focus of this annual summit was on hearing the various voices of neurodiversity, from the population themselves, to employers and support systems. The event drew interest from around the globe, spurring on the need for inclusive and diverse workplaces.

Keynotes at 2019 SPRING SUMMIT

Rob Austin   Professor of IS, Ivey Business School   Expertise:  Neurodiversity & Organizational growth   Rob's LinkedIn

Rob Austin

Professor of IS, Ivey Business School

Expertise: Neurodiversity & Organizational growth

Rob's LinkedIn

Resources for the 2019 spring SUMMIT


2018 Summit – “Hiring with Autism”

Microsoft announced their Autism at Work Summit for April 24-26, 2018 at the Redmond campus, WA. Launching the Autism Hiring Program in 2015, Microsoft sought to address neurodiversity at work, and since then 50 full-time employees have joined through the program. The conference brought together over 180 participants from a wide range of stakeholders including representatives from companies that have autism hiring programs, such as DXC Technology, Ernst & Young, Ford, JP Morgan Chase, and SAP. Other participants included representatives from companies who are considering starting autism hiring programs, employment support agencies representatives, university and industry researchers, government agency representatives, and autism advocates.

People with Autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft… An amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.
— Mary Ellen Smith, Corporate VP, Microsoft

The summit included various panels about hiring and retaining workers with autism, as well as exploring different skill levels across autistic employees. There were two lived experience panels, where autistics talked about career paths and women with autism, respectfully. John Marble, co-founder of the Autism Advantage Program led the Career Paths panel, and described his personal path, diagnosis and experience with stigma. The panel on women with autism was led by Sara Luterman, the founder and editor of NOS Magazine.  She described the benefits of the autistic experience at work.

Keynotes at 2018 Autism at Work - RedmonD

Tom D’Eri   Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash   Expertise:  Autism & Employment   Rising Tide Car Wash

Tom D’Eri

Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

Expertise: Autism & Employment

Rising Tide Car Wash

Holly Robinson Peete   Founder, HollyRod Foundation   Expertise:  Parents with Autistic Children   HollyRod Foundation

Holly Robinson Peete

Founder, HollyRod Foundation

Expertise: Parents with Autistic Children

HollyRod Foundation

Videos from 2018 summit

 
 

Resources from 2018 summit


2017 Summit – “Autism at Work”

The 2017 Autism at Work Summit was held in Palo Alto, California in April 2017. The event was sponsored by SAP, HPE, Microsoft and Ernst & Young. The event brought together like-minded companies, individuals, civic groups, universities and philanthropists to share, collaborate and advance the topic of neurodiversity in the workplace.

We need all talents, and we need people who dare to think differently and be different.
— ROBERT HANNIGAN, PREVIOUS INTELLIGENCE OFFICER, BRITISH GOVERNMENT

Keynotes at 2017 Autism at Work – Palo AltO

John Elder Robison   Author, 'Look Me in the Eye'   Expertise:  Autism, Savants & Employment   John’s Official Blog

John Elder Robison

Author, 'Look Me in the Eye'

Expertise: Autism, Savants & Employment

John’s Official Blog

Michael Fieldhouse   CEO, DXC Technology   Expertise:  Autism Employment Programs   Michael’s LinkedIn

Michael Fieldhouse

CEO, DXC Technology

Expertise: Autism Employment Programs

Michael’s LinkedIn

Neil Barnett   Human Resources, Microsoft   Expertise:  Inclusive Hiring & Accessibility   Neil’s LinkedIn

Neil Barnett

Human Resources, Microsoft

Expertise: Inclusive Hiring & Accessibility

Neil’s LinkedIn

Videos from 2017 summit