Berkeley Lab

Oct. 30 Brownbag to Address Autism Awareness and Inclusion at Work

As part of Berkeley Lab’s efforts to increase awareness of Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office and the All Access Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be hosting an autism awareness brown bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 in Perseverance Hall in the cafeteria. This talk will cover information about the autism spectrum and the benefits of enhancing an organization’s neurodiversity; general tips for hiring managers interviewing applicants or working with colleagues on the spectrum; and success stories of companies who have participated in the Autism Advantage program.

The goal of Autism Advantage is to further the ability of people on the spectrum to find gainful and integrated employment. The program achieves this goal through a two-pronged approach: 1) helping people harness their unique talents and realize their potential and 2) creating high-performing organizations through the inclusion of this unique talent. This approach allows support for both candidates and employers in creating a more inclusive workforce. This talk will also discuss the benefits of the Autism Advantage program at SAP, including lessons learned and ways to ensure success.

Jack Hogan is a technology startup veteran and co-founder of the Autism Advantage Program, which trains applicants on the autism spectrum and matches them with leading companies. Participating companies with successful matches include Autodesk, Cisco, SAP, Visa, EY, and Microsoft. The Autism Advantage Program was developed out of Expandability’s highly successful Autism at Work program, which was first pioneered by software company SAP.