January 2023 Newsletter

NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter

January 2023

Happy New Year to all of our NEN network members! We hope that 2023 will be the best year yet!

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 February newsletter, please submit it here by January 27th.

This Month’s Webinar to Check Out

Creating Inclusive Workplaces for Autistic Employees

NEN was fortunate to have Jared Bahir-Browsh, Leann Firestone, Max Donnelly, and Robert Schmus join us to share about their experiences in differing workplaces and provide insights for those who want to make their workplaces more inclusive of autistic employees. Click here to watch the recording and here to view the takeaway sheet.

NEN Announcements

January 25th Event Registration is Open!: Drexel University Center For Autism and Neurodiversity will be hosting the next quarterly meeting on January 25th – beginning at 8:30 AM. We look forward to an engaging morning! Register today by clicking here.

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

Job and Internship Opportunities

Art-Reach Program Coordinator: Art-Reach is hiring for a full-time Program Coordinator. Art-Reach creates, advocates for, and expands accessible opportunities in the arts so the full spectrum of society is served. While embracing a design forward approach, Art-Reach transfers power to communities facing barriers and turns their input into action by redesigning programs and policies at over 200 cultural organizations, with a specific focus on engaging people with disabilities and people experiencing poverty. Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Coordinator supports programming as it relates to Art-Reach’s ACCESS and Ticketing programs, along with the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Fund ENCORE and STAMP programs. The Program Coordinator will also support organizational members within Art-Reach’s human service network. Click here for a full description and information on how to apply. The application deadline is January 6th. 

Parexel Remote Statistical Programmer: Specialisterne USA is recruiting! Do you identify with being on the autism spectrum or with being otherwise neurodivergent? Looking to start or continue a career in statistical programming? We are proud to be partnered with Parexel to recruit Statistical Programmers as part of their Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative. As a global organization focused on clinical research and world health, Parexel promotes diversity and stands against discrimination of any kind. We are committed to closing the gap to create a more inclusive world and to provide a safe and equitable work environment for our colleagues where everyone is valued, respected and supported. The available roles are: Statistical Programmer (Remote). The application deadline is Sunday, January 8th at 11:00pm EST. To learn more and apply, please visit: https://specialisterne.applytojob.com/apply 

Jenkintown Library Passport Agent: The Jenkintown Library is hiring for a part time (25 hours/week) role. The Passport Agent performs a variety of clerical tasks related primarily to the processing of U.S. applications. The Passport Agent performs both routine and complex tasks involved with reviewing passport applicant information, ensuring applications are completed and submitted correctly and in a timely fashion, answering questions about passport applications, and following up on problem applications when appropriate. For a full job description, please click here.

Network Announcements & Events

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.

Philadelphia Autism Town Hall:  Join us for an Autism Town Hall & Resource Fair in collaboration with Norristown Police Department, Fire Department and School District, Norristown Recreation, ASERT PA Autism and Access Services! Get information on topics such as an overview of autism and police interactions, transition to adulthood, fire safety, I.E.P.s, employment and much more! Visit this website for more information.

Save the Date & Call for Submissions, CUNY Neurodiversity Conference 2023, “The Art of Neurodiversity: Learning from Neurodivergent Creativity”: Discussions of neurodivergent talent often focus on narrow definitions of STEM-related skills at the expense of exploring the vast creative expression at the heart of the neurodiversity movement. For the fifth CUNY Neurodiversity Conference, we want to spotlight neurodivergent artists. We can all learn from neurodivergent creativity, including how to support people in ways that recognize the full diversity of the spectrum.View Call for Submissions & Submission Form Here.

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.

Join us at our next quarterly meeting! More details to follow. Click here to reserve a spot.