Concurrent Session
10 Mistakes Employers Make When Hiring People with Autism, and How to Do Better
Pacific Jewel B
In-Person Monday 10/24/2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Beginner (Committing to DEI), Advanced (Elevating DEI), Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Workplace Application:
Attendees will learn common, yet unknown mistakes when employing people with autism, and what it is like to be an employee with autism 

Session seating is first come, first served. Thank you for your cooperation.

This presentation is half entertainment, half information. Dylan's plight of having autism, while trying to maintain employment in many different lines of work, will provide many insights to help employers with the tsunami of individuals with autism entering the workforce.

Dylan takes audiences through his experiences getting fired for believing an oft-repeated adage that we are all familiar with, and falling victim to corporate policies that are not designed for people with disabilities. He will explain the importance of our community doing everything we can to advocate for a change to these common policies, and even tell an unbelievable story of getting hired at a workplace specifically for people with disabilities, then getting terminated because of his. Also detailed will be the advantages and pitfalls of disclosing one's disability not only to employers, but also to co-workers.

Dylan will give practical solutions for HR professionals and employers on how to help employees with autism succeed and avoid the many failures he endured. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Help people with autism survive and thrive in the workplace.
  • Prevent bullying of people with autism, avoiding unnecessary lawsuits and improving retention.
  • Step inside the mind of someone with autism, creating a much deeper ability to be empathetic.
  • Find the courage to advocate for necessary changes in policy.
Dylan Volk Photo
Dylan Volk, Author,
D & A Publishing