August 2023 Newsletter

NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter

August 2023

This newsletter seeks to connect our community and highlight the different things happening in neurodiversity & employment here and beyond. If you have something that you’d like to include in our September newsletter, please submit it here by August 31st.

We had a wonderful time at our August quarterly event! Thank you to West Chester University D-CAP for hosting and providing a wealth of insights with the planned agenda. We love the power of our network getting together and sharing!

NEN Announcements

October Quarterly Event: Our next quarterly event will be taking place on October 25th at Vertex Inc. in King of Prussia! Stay tuned for further details. Click here to reserve your spot today!

Join NEN as a member!: Membership is open! Joining as an official member of NEN gives you access to exclusive membership benefits. Click here for more information or to join today!

This Month’s Events: We are always updating in person and virtual events on our Events Calendar. Be sure to check it out and submit any events you’d like included! 

Job & Internship Opportunities

Parkway Corporation: Parkway Corporation has several openings, including in accounting, property management, and customer service. You can view opportunities here. The interview process allows you to select your preferred format from 4 available options – including phone, video, in-person, and text entry.

VictorWear Event Expo Planner: VictorWear is hiring for an Event Planner. You will be responsible for recruiting vendors and sponsors for the event and building a marketing and promotion strategy for success. Your passion for disability issues, event planning, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects will be instrumental in ensuring the event’s success. The Event Planner position offers a competitive wage of $30 per hour. We are looking for a 2-month commitment, with 15 weekly work hours, and 60 hours monthly. There’s a strong chance that the role will be renewed after 2 months. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your event planning/marketing experience and why you’d be a great fit for our team to Click here for full job description.

Neurodiversify by Simplify: Neurodiversify by Simplify is a newly launched platform. There are currently remote job listings for cybsersecurity analysts, copywriters/content creators, data analysts, and quality assurance testers. Click here to see the available positions. You can also learn more and register with the platform by clicking here.

Best Buddies Program Manager: Best Buddies PA is hiring for a program manager. The primary responsibility of the Program Manager is to work with those throughout their communities to drive the mission of Best Buddies forward through their involvement with our school and community-based Friendship Programs. Click here for more information!

General Network Announcements

Eagles Autism Foundation, Wawa, and Popcorn for the People Announce Collaboration for Employment Opportunities: A former Wawa on Ninth and South Streets, which closed in 2021, is set to become a Popcorn for the People production facility, as part of a new collaboration with the Eagles. The transformation of the shuttered Wawa is the result of a partnership between Wawa, the Eagles Autism Foundation, and Popcorn for the People, a nonprofit founded in 2014 to employ people with autism and other developmental disabilities.Read more here!

Neurodiversity Success Center & Coffee Chat: Hill Top Preparatory is excited to announce the opening of the Neurodiversity Success Center. NSC supports adolescents and young adults as they prepare for success in school, college, life, and the world of work. The Neurodiversity Success Center will be broken into three components: PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills), Executive Function Coaching, and College Advising. We will be hosting a Coffee Talk on August 22 from 9-11 for those interested in learning more.  RSVP to or by clicking this link.

Neurodiversify by Simplify Webinar: Neurodiverse Talent: Solving Neurodivergent Talent Hiring Challenges. ​Looking to overcome hiring challenges and access a diverse pool of candidates? Join our live webinar to explore the transformative power of neurodiversity in the workplace! The webinar will take place on August 10th at 12:30 PM EDT. Click here for more information and to register!

College Autism Network Summit: The College Autism Summit brings together scholars, practitioners, administrators, employers, and self- advocates to discuss evidence-driven strategies that help support college students with autism and related learning differences. It will take place October 18-20, 2023 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Many representatives from Philadelphia-area universities will be presenting! Click here to learn more.

Autistic Art Coalition of Philadelphia: We are putting together a Choir of Autistic, Neurodivergent & Intellectual disABILITY ARTIST, We meet Bi Weekly After the NEN Mtg in West Chester, August 8th will be our next Bi-Weekly for new participants. We are going to behaving another Art Exhibition, if interested inquire #ACCOPhilly, (267) 367-0821, wanna send us USPS mail Attn: Colleen R. Ott Founder & Executive Director,  P.O. Box 11594, Philadelphia, PA. 19116 or just E-Mail Us at, Or Check out the Web-space we were given. We understand totally everyone communicates differently after all our First Art Exhibition ages ranged from 61 to 8 years old, and all different ways of communication was used including USPS. We Appreciate you for thank your time to read this Blurb. Peace.

Raise the Bar Event: Raise the Bar is a new nonprofit organization that supports families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Camden, NJ. We are hosting our first fundraising event on Thursday, November 2nd at the Camden County Boathouse. We are looking for sponsors and event volunteers. Click here to learn more about available opportunities. Please reach out to Karly ( if you would like to learn more!

Simply Open Awards: Do you have a life hack that has help to overcome some of the barriers or exclusion you face?  Would you like to help other people do the same?  If so, join many others in the disability community to share your ideas and learn from others, and you could win up to £1,500 pounds. Click here for more information!

Stanford Virtual Neurodiversity Summit: The third virtual Stanford Neurodiversity Summit will take place from October 1 to 3, 2023. The theme of this year’s summit is “Working Together to Strengthen the Neurodiverse Community.” This virtual summit is a unique conference bringing together neurodiverse / neurodivergent individuals, employers, service agencies, educators and students, parents, and professionals from all areas of the field. Click here for more information.