December 2022 Newsletter

NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter

December 2022

We can’t believe December is already here! 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 January newsletter, please submit it here by December 22nd.

This Month’s Webinar to Check Out

Career Searching While Autistic: Stories & Tips for Success

NEN was fortunate to have Carissa Madden, Ev Smith, Mike Giongo, and Zoe Daradszi join us to share tips for job-seekers who are currently looking for work, as well as for employers who are hoping to make their job search process more inclusive. Click the linked title above to watch or check out the takeaway sheet here for job seekers and here for employers.

NEN Announcements

December 15th Webinar: Join NEN for the second webinar in our webinar series, entitled Creating a More Inclusive Workplace for Autistic Employees on December 15th from 1pm-2pm EST. Registration is free and can be found here.

January 25th Event: Save the date for our next in-person event on January 25th! You can expect engaging speakers, updates on group progress, and networking time to meet others. Final location and agenda to be released shortly. Reserve a spot here.

Giving Tuesday: Thank you to all who gave to our mission as part of Giving Tuesday! If you missed it, but are still interested in contributing, you can do so here. We’re so grateful for your support!

Job and Internship Opportunities

Job Opportunity | Communications Coordinator: The Jenkintown Library is hiring for a part time (20-25 hrs/week) communications coordinator. This person will be responsible for regularly updating and maintaining the Library’s website as well as promoting, marketing and increasing the visibility of Jenkintown Library through email, a regular newsletter, program announcements, and social media networks. You may view the full job description here.

Internship Opportunities | Global Philadelphia: Global Philadelphia has several internship opportunities available for the winter, spring, and summer. Information on opportunities may be found here

Job Opportunity | Fundraising Coordinator: The Jenkintown Library is hiring for a part-time position (20-25hr/week) for a fundraising coordinator role. The person in this position will be responsible for supporting Jenkintown Library’s fundraising efforts amongst its Board of Trustees’ Fundraising Committee and the Friends of Jenkintown Library, and facilitating interactions between the library and its donors.Please see full job description here.

Aramark Hiring Event: The Drexel Business Inclusion Center is excited to be hosting an Aramark hiring event (click for more info) on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th from 10am – 1pm on Drexel’s campus for candidates on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities. There are open positions are many area colleges/universities such as; Drexel, Temple, La Salle, Widener, St. Joseph’s, Cheyney, and West Chester. Click here to register.

The Fiverr Empower Program supported by Open Inclusion: The Fiverr Empower Program supports people with disabilities to build their professional experience and to provide freelance employment opportunities through the Fiverr Platform. You can learn more about the program and register here.

Network Announcements & Events

Last Chance: Help Make Philadelphia a More Inclusive City!: Survey closes December 12th. We want to hear from you to help Philadelphia become a more inclusive city for all people with disabilities! We are looking for feedback from individuals with disabilities who live in the city of Philadelphia.  Make your voice heard in this important survey conducted in partnership with the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and help determine the actions that need to be taken to build a more inclusive Philadelphia. The survey is anonymous and takes only 5 minutes to complete.  You can start the survey by clicking here.

Employer Pilot Opportunity: UConn’s Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation has launched a Neurodiversity Hiring Pilot Program for companies looking for a way to start a new, or grow an existing, neurodiversity hiring initiative. The pilot works in conjunction with over 30 universities and colleges in UConn’s University Council for Neurodiversity Employment. Employers in the pilot receive neurodiversity training and education, and the pilot provides a source of neurodivergent candidates from a geographically diverse pool of talent at the 30 participating universities. Companies receive post-hire support for hiring managers and candidates to ensure successful transition to the job or internship. If interested in learning how your company or university can participate in the pilot, please contact Judy Reilly, Director of UConn’s Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation at

Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Neurodiverse Hiring: The Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association presents a panel that will be discussing Best Practices for Neurodiverse Hiring.  They will elaborate on how small and large companies or small and large HR departments can enable a program for neurodiverse employees.  In addition, they will discuss the challenges companies may face in making a neurodiverse hiring program successful. Click here for more information.Driving with Autism: Driving with Autism has released new virtual learning opportunities. If you are interested in learning more, please visit this link.

Inclusively Webinar for Advocate Organizations: Supporting job seekers in the search to find purposeful work at an inclusive workplace is harder than it should be. For many advocates at universities, nonprofits, government agencies, and in job coaching roles, it’s often a challenge to build and maintain employer relationships that ultimately impact the success of your job seekers, students, and alumni. Join our Director of Partnerships Ross Barchacky on December 7th for a live demonstration of Inclusively’s workforce inclusion platform. Click here to register.

Save the Date for our next quarterly meeting! More details to follow. Click here to reserve a spot.