February 2023 Newsletter

NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter

February 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 March newsletter, please submit it here by February 24th.

This Month’s Article to Check Out

How Young Neurodivergent Professionals Can Succeed At Work

In this article, a neurodivergent organizational psychologist, a neurodivergent executive coach, and a neurodivergent educator discuss how to reach your potential at work.

NEN Announcements

January 25th Event Recap: Thank you to theDrexel University Center For Autism and Neurodiversity for hosting our quarterly meeting and for all who attended! You can click here for a summary of the event or visit this page for links to a recording and all related materials.

Employee Resource Group Meet Up: NEN will be hosting a virtual employee resource group meet up for those interested in starting (or for those who already are a part of) a neurodiversity-related employee resource group at their organization on February 21, 2023 from 1pm-2pm on Zoom. You can register for the meeting here.

ListServ Launch: In collaboration with the University of Delaware Spectrum Scholars, we are launching a Neurodiversity Employment Network ListServ! This will allow members to stay in touch outside of the monthly newsletter announcements. If you’d like to be added to the Listserv, click here.

Advisory Board: Applications are now open for our 2023 Advisory Board! Neurodivergent students and professionals are highly encouraged to apply. Click here for the process document and here for the application. Applications are due by 2/10/23.

Sponsorship Opportunities: NEN: Philadelphia is seeking partnerships with businesses and organizations who may be interested in sponsoring our events and work throughout the year! For more information on next steps, please email cait@neurodiversityemploymentnetwork.org.Network Announcements & Events

Professionals Needed: The West Chester University D-CAP and Drexel University CAN programs will be hosting a free Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series January through May of 2023. The organizers are seeking current professionals who would like to share their experience and provide feedback to the job seekers in the series in one or more sessions. Sessions will be virtual, with one optional in person meet up in the Greater Philadelphia area at the conclusion of the series. You may sign up for one or multiple sessions. Employers/professionals can register here: https://lnkd.in/ekArEvMS

Philadelphia Autism Project SEED Funding: The Philadelphia Autism Project is excited to announce that the 2022-2023 Seed Award Application is now open! Applications are focused on the following themes: Fostering Connections, Justice Interactions, Post-Secondary Preparation, and Puberty, Sexuality, and Relationships. Applications are due by February 3, 2022. For more information or to apply, visit this website.

Employers: Join West Chester University’s Connect and Learn Meetup: The Career Development Center at West Chester University is partnering with D-CAP and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to offer C.A.L.M. – Connect and Learn Meet Up for Spring 2023. This small-scale networking type event will take place in our offices, 225 Lawrence Center on 3/31/23 from 3-5pm. Interested employers may email Phyllis Schoen at PSCHOEN@wcupa.edu for more information.

Neurodiversity in Business Resource Hub Launch: The ND Resource Hub is an innovative resource created by Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) to provide quick access to reliable, comprehensive resources about neurodiversity that have been vetted by the neurodivergent community. Visit the NiB Resource Hub here: https://neurodiversityinbusiness.org/ndresourcehub/.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week Event Calendar Announcement: We are excited to share the schedule of events with you for Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023 (March 13-19)! From introductory webinars, panel discussions and more, our range of events aims to educate and inspire conversations about neurodiversity. All events are free of charge and open to all. Events may be seen here.

Chestnut Hill College Transition Symposium: On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Chestnut Hill College is hosting a transition symposium with comprehensive and practical information surrounding the transition to higher education for families and students who are interested in pursuing a college degree. A flyer may be viewed here. Those interested in attending can register at this link.

Free Financial Literacy Course: “Neuro Consulting Solutions offers virtual group classes sponsored by Chase Bank for neurodiverse adults where they can learn and discuss the necessary skills to build their independence. These classes will be held once a week virtually via Zoom by highly Chase Bank Community Managers. Each session will provide participants with knowledge on how to manage their personal finances, create a personal budget, and learn the tools to become financially independent.” Classes begin February 2. For more information or to register, visit this site.

Presentation: On April 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST, Daniel Rothenberg will be presenting aworkshop that will give attendees an overview of neurodiversity and how to best support neurodistinct students in their job search. The presenter will share his passion and lived experience on this topic, as well as resources he has developed in the area of neurodiversity and employment. Specific topics will include: disclosure, interview preparation, and barriers and advantages in the workplace. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending!

Social Group: Philly Spectrum is a new social group for autistic/neurodivergent adults. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email: phila.spectrum@gmail.com.

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