NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter
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 June newsletter, please submit it here by May 31st.
NEN April Event: Thank you to all of those who attended our April event! If you were unable to join us, you can click here to watch the recording. Thank you to SEI, our hosting sponsor for this event, to all of our speakers, and to all who joined us.
Ohana Farm Matching Gift Challenge – SUCCESS! – Thank you to Ohana Farm and all who partnered with us to help us reach our goal of $5,000 to go toward the furtherance of our mission! We’re so grateful for your support.
May 24th Career Meet Up: West Chester University D-CAP and Drexel University Center for Autism & Neurodiversity, in partnership with NEN: Philadelphia, will be hosting a career meet up for job-seekers and employers to connect in a relaxed environment. The event will be held at West Chester University on May 24, 2023 from 10:00am-12:00 PM. Job seekers will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their resumes or portfolios, and employer representatives will have the opportunity to learn more about the job seekers and provide feedback. If you are interested in attending as a job-seeker or as an employer, you can indicate your interest using this form.
Eagles Autism Challenge: We will be at the Eagles Autism Challenge on May 20th with Ohana Farm! Please stop by our tent and say hello if you will also be in attendance!
Neurodiversity Employment Network Membership Coming Soon!: As we continue to grow, we recognize the need for continual change to maximize our impact. In the coming months, we will be launching a new membership model to move toward a committed, impactful network! Stay tuned!
Save the Date! NEN August Event: Our next quarterly event will take place on August 2, 2023 at West Chester University. Official registration and tickets will be available in June, but you can reserve the spot on your calendar today using this link!
Job & Internship Opportunities
Technology Development Program Analyst – Integrate is recruiting an autistic and/or neurodivergent candidate for a full-time, in-person opportunity with a Fortune 500 Financial Services Institution. The Technology Development Program Analyst will rotate through four areas within the Technology department (Data & Analytics, Security, Software Engineering, and Technology Operations) to work on software development that empowers users with secure, stable and efficient technology solutions through innovative engineering. Analysts can select to be located in one of the following cities: Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, Birmingham, AL, or Dallas TX. The priority deadline to apply is Friday, May 12th. Candidates should apply by submitting their resume to the Technology Development Program Analyst posting. Upon submission of the resume, candidates will receive an email with the application form. Please submit the application form and requested materials by the specified deadline in the email. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Community Autism Peer Specialist – The Community Autism Peer Specialist is a part time role in Philadelphia, PA. This is a hybrid work from home position, with required in-person participant visits and occasional office days. Must meet requirements for Community Autism Peer Specialist Training (training will be offered upon hiring) OR be credentialed as a Community Autism Peer Specialist. Learn more here.
Accounts Payable Clerk: IMS Trading LLC/CleanLogic is looking for a full-time Accounts Payable Clerk to support their Accounts Receivable and Controller in Audubon, PA. This position will be responsible for the efficient, timely and accurate processing of payments to vendors. The duties and responsibilities of this position require not only a knack for numbers, but also attention to detail and well-developed organizational skills. For more information or to apply, visit this link.
Assistant Director 3 | Center for Neurodiversity Program Coordinator | Rowan University – This position supports the Center for Neurodiversity, the Office of Accessibility Services and the Autism PATH program. The Program Coordinator will provide assistance to the Faculty Director of the Center for Neurodiversity in implementing all aspects of the Center’s mission and will work closely with Accessibility Services and the Autism PATH program (assisting students and alumni with career preparation) to promote educational opportunities and support services. Neurodivergent candidates encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
Remote Apprenticeships & Roles | Let’s Be Frank – Let’s Be Frank is working with RespectAbility, the Premier Lacrosse League, and others with remote apprenticeships and internships available. Full time opportunities with other organizations are also available. Click here for more information.
Temple University | Career Development Specialist – The primary responsibility of the Career Development Specialist is to facilitate career development for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in inclusive postsecondary education at Temple University. Career development activities include career discovery, paid and unpaid internships, and competitive integrated employment. These activities are coordinated and supported based on students’ person-centered plans. Click here for more information.
Synchrony Tech Scholarship: Applications are open for the Synchrony Tech Scholarship, which supports autistic adults interested in obtaining technology-related certifications to pursue or advance their careers in the technology sector. This includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: cybersecurity, game/app development, web development, machine learning, data analytics, cloud computing, ethical hacking, and artificial intelligence. For more information, visit this website: https://researchautism.org/self-advocates/tech-scholarship/.
Arc of Philadelphia Annual Meeting: The Arc of Philadelphia will hold its annual year-end meeting on Monday May 8, 2023 from 6:15 PM-8:15 PM. We’ll be discussing highlights from this fiscal year, our annual growth, and plans for the next fiscal year. Google Meet joining info: Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jzh-psod-zrg Or dial: (US) +1 443-892-2778 PIN: 268 372 466#. You may email Shane Janick (firstname.lastname@example.org) with further questions.
ACES: ACES is a program for young adult users (18+ years) of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) located on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ACES is a two-week intensive program followed by monthly meetups and ongoing social media engagement. This summer, ACES will run from July 16 – July 28, 2023. Both participant and volunteer registration are now open. Visit this website for more information: https://techowlpa.org/aces2023/.
Multiple Hub Accelerator Program: Applications are open for Multiple Hub’s Accelerator Program for autism-related startups. Selected startups will participate in a 12-week program featuring expert speakers and workshops, personalized mentorship, messaging and pitch coaching, and culminate in an accelerator showcase to foster growth, funding, and collaboration. Learn more and apply at: https://www.multiplehub.org/apply.
Care Farming Network: The Care Farming Network (CFN) is a national network of farms and organizations throughout the US advancing the therapeutic use of farming practices. As part of the CFN we have connected with over 100 farms who specifically focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities and the neurodivergent population, including some with employment opportunities. Membership is free and we host monthly member gathings, provide consultations, and have an online map of Care Farms nationwide. For more information, visit the CFN website.
Mayoral Candidates Town Hall on Disability: Disability Pride PA hosted a Mayoral Candidates Town Hall on Disability as part of their REV UP the vote efforts! You can watch the recording here.
Colleges and Universities: WRP: Colleges and universities are invited to participate in the Workforce Recruitment Program. The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects college students, graduate students and recent graduates with disabilities to federal internships and permanent jobs. College career services, disability services and other staff can register their school for the WRP this spring to enable their students to apply to the program this fall. You can find more information here.
Technology for All Summit – The Technology for all Summit will showcase the many ways technology is enhancing people’s freedom, independence and self-determination. There will be 20 sessions to choose from. Attendees will be able to select from a range of topics that interest them. For more information, visit https://mytechforall.com/.
Microsoft Inclusive Hiring Webinar: In this informational session you will learn about Microsoft’s neurodiversity and disability inclusion recruiting programs. We’ll simplify the process around applying for roles & requesting interview accommodations and hear from members of the Disability ERG who will share their story of what it’s like to be a person with a disability working at Microsoft. More information and registration can be found here.
Autistic Art Coalition of Philadelphia Show: The Autistic Art Coalition of Philadelphia will hold its first Annual Art Exhibition from 6PM to 9PM on June 2nd.This event will be held inside of the Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, located at 6918 Torresdale Avenue. More information can be found on the AACOP Facebook Page.