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UPPER MARLBORO, MD, October 1, 2019 – As one of the nation’s leading nonprofit employers of people of differing abilities, Melwood is convening experts from around the nation to highlight the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace – in both the public and private sectors.
While diversity has been touted by businesses for decades, neurodiversity is just emerging as a critical element of diversity hiring. According to the Brookings Institution, only four out of 10 neurodivergent people are employed, leaving millions of Americans who want to work and are capable of doing a great job without the opportunity to succeed.
“Melwood is convening these conferences because, for more than 55 years, we have seen firsthand how individuals of differing abilities can positively transform the workplace and society,” said Melwood President and CEO Cari DeSantis. “There are so many companies today looking for talent to fill high-demand jobs, We want to show them how a neurodiverse workforce can be the answer they have beenseeking.”
In October, Melwood will host two conferences aimed at advancing the employment opportunities of people of differing abilities in the public and private sector.
The second annual Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal & Policy Symposium will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at The George Washington University Law School. The symposium will focus on disability employment policy, government procurement goals, and the future of government programs that encourage neurodiversity in the federal workforce. Participants include appointed officials from federal agencies and departments such as the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); leading disability employment organizations such as the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and leading government contracting attorneys. The symposium will culminate with a Congressional briefing.
The following day, Melwood will host The Right Talent, Right Now: Breaking Workforce Barriers Summit on Friday, Oct. 18, at The George Washington University and will feature speakers from organizations like Mitre, BB&T Bank, Accenture, General Dynamics IT, University of Virginia, Ernst & Young, and JP Morgan Chase. The summit will bring business leaders and HR professionals together with academics, assistive technology companies, policy makers, and advocates to explore the latest research, promising practices and the benefits of employing a neurodiverse workforce. The goal of this year’s summit is to bring experts from various sectors together to discuss how to train, recruit, and retain neurodiverse talent and build a reliable new workforce pipeline.
Melwood’s Symposium and Summit are held in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and are intended to advance the field in the hiring of individuals of differing abilities.