Kennedy Krieger Institute will host the inaugural, national neurodiversity conference, titled “Neurodiversity in the Workplace,” set to take place November 7 and 8, 2019 at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum, Md.
The collaborative conference is designed to educate and connect employers with topic experts and resources to create and enhance work and higher education acquisition and inclusion strategies for individuals with neurodiverse traits, according to a media release from Kennedy Krieger Institute.
“With more than 80 years of clinical and educational experience and expertise working with individuals with neurodiverse traits, Kennedy Krieger is proud to host, along with our key sponsor BD, our first national conference on neurodiversity in the workplace”
“Individuals with neurodiverse traits are often misunderstood and their skills and talents underutilized. Our goal is to help employers and members of the higher education community open opportunities for individuals as they transition from school and internship environments to the workforce,” says Bradley Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute.
“This conference will foster a robust dialog between neurodiversity experts and those seeking to learn more about how to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity in their workplaces.”
This conference is ideal for human resource/talent acquisition professionals, university career center and disability service professionals, community advocates, disability advocacy groups, and individuals with different abilities and their family members.
Attendees will glean practical and actionable tools to not only understand the positive impacts of neurodiversity initiatives on one’s own workplace or learning environment, but also how to build a team that includes individuals with neurodiverse traits, and the benefits of doing so. Attendees will develop a better understanding of neurodiverse traits and how to accommodate and leverage these skills as part of a more inclusive and diverse workplace.
During the conference, participants will also build a network of contacts to support hiring individuals with neurodiverse traits so they are better prepared to implement best-practices and ultimately, improve workforce development, the release explains.
“Neurodiversity is a facet of workforce development, education and community diversity that is gaining traction in the business community,” says Dave Hickey, integrated diagnostic systems president at BD, a platinum level sponsor of the conference. “This conference will help professionals and others create more inclusive environments for individuals of all abilities and will have a far-reaching impact on society.”
Conference attendees will also participate in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions led by executives from organizations including Northrop Grumman, Ernst & Young, SAP, JPMorgan Chase & Co. AMC Theatres, University of Maryland Center for Transition and Career Innovation, William & Mary, and others.
For more information and to register, visit Kennedy Krieger Institute.
[Source(s): Kennedy Krieger Institute, PRWeb]