November 2022 Newsletter

NEN: Philadelphia Newsletter

November 2022

Hello, and happy November! 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 December newsletter, please submit it here by November 25th.

Thank you to all who attended our October event at Chestnut Hill College! The conversations around what needs to happen next to push Philadelphia forward in neuroinclusion were insightful and powerful. You can see some points of discussion and next steps here. Whether you were able to join us or not, we welcome you to get in contact with us to facilitate further action! 

This Month’s Article to Check Out

How Employers Are Designing Neurodiverse Workplaces

“Accommodating neurodiverse employees in the workplace is necessary for employers who want to have inclusive workforces. One major way to achieve this is considering the design of an office in a way that fits everyone’s needs.” 

Network Announcements

Drexel Screening of In a Different Key: Please join Drexel University for a special pre-screening of a documentary film based on the best-selling book, “In a Different Key” here on campus on Saturday, November 5th, at 5:30pm. The event will include a reception, film screening, and a panel discussion and Q&A with film makers. Attendance is free, but you must RSVP to attend at this link:

Help Make Philadelphia a More Inclusive City!: 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: 

NEN Webinar Series: We will be hosting 2 webinars in November and December, supported by the Philly Autism Project. Keep your eye on your inbox for more information about our upcoming webinar series focused around the autistic experience in the workplace. 

Specialisterne Opportunity: 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 IT, engineering, or analytics? Specialistene is  partnering with BNY Mellon to recruit for several entry level roles in New York, NY; Jersey City, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; and Lake Mary, FL as part of their Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative. The application deadline is Sunday, November 13th @ 11:00pm EST. To learn more and apply, please visit:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is excited to announce a new transition to adulthood program for autistic teens and young adults. This program is focused on improving outcomes for autistic individuals. To do this, CHOP’s Center for Autism Research will partner with other departments at CHOP and community organizations. We believe that a successful transition to adulthood invests in each person’s skills for independence and builds a sense of well-being. Success will look different for each teen/young adult and family. Our program is committed to working with families to help plan and achieve individualized goals for transition. We are reaching out because we want the structure and priorities of our transition to adulthood program to be set collaboratively with our communities. If you are interested in sharing your opinions and priorities, please do so here:

BroadFutures: We are accepting applications for our paid internship program through November 15. We are also already receiving applications for our summer internship program through March 1. The application can be accessed at:

Save the Date for our next quarterly meeting! More details to follow. Click here to add the event to your calendar.