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Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Ensure ADA Compliance and Develop Inclusive Hiring, Onboarding, and Engagement Practices - On-Demand

Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder: ADA, Hiring, Onboarding, & Engagement Practices - On-Demand

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Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Ensure ADA Compliance and Develop Inclusive Hiring, Onboarding, and Engagement Practices - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

It’s estimated that 1.5 million individuals have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) nationwide, according to Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism. According to a study done by Harvard Business School, approximately 60% of individuals with ASD are of average or above-average intelligence, yet many are unemployed because employers focus too much on the interview process.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says ASD is characterized by:

  • Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts 
  • Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities 
  • Presence of symptoms in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life) 
  • Symptoms that cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning 

Employers may need to make adjustments for employees with ASD, including making the employee’s work space free from as many outside distractions as possible, developing and adhering to a fixed schedule, and conducting job preview or behavior-based interviews. Management training and job coaching is also critical to the employee’s success, according to the Autism Speaks Family Services Tool Kit.

Use this in-depth webinar on-demand led by attorney Jonathan Mook, a national authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Leslie Long, vice president of adult services at Autism Speaks. They will discuss how employees with ASD may be protected under the ADA and how to create a safe, productive, and inclusive environment for employees with ASD.

You’ll learn:

  • Recruitment and retention strategies that are sensitive to, and meet the needs of, employees with autism 
  • How to find resources to support employees with autism 
  • The challenges employees with autism may face in the workplace—and what you can do to help them overcome hurdles 
  • Success stories of companies that have initiated diversity and inclusion strategies for hiring employees with autism
  • How to determine if an employee with ASD is protected under the ADA 
  • Examples of reasonable accommodations employees with autism may need to effectively perform their duties 
  • Balancing the reasonable needs of employees with autism with your company’s performance and conduct standards 
  • Strategies for ensuring a culture of inclusivity and acceptance to minimize the risk of bias, harassment, or other negative behaviors among coworkers and supervisors 

About Your Presenters:

Leslie LongLeslie Long
Vice President of Adult Services
Autism Speaks

Leslie Long is the Vice President of Adult Services for Autism Speaks. In that role, she manages the organization’s mission to promote supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders throughout the country. She has successfully completed employment initiatives, residential and supported living resources, small business initiatives and town halls throughout the country, developed a best practices business guides and she continues to supports efforts on employment and community resources. Ms. Long has over 20 years of professional experience in leading federal, state and local advocacy efforts to benefit consumers with developmental disabilities. Her expertise includes supported employment, school to adult life transition and Medicaid, specifically home and community-based waivers for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ms. Long was appointed by NJ Governor Corzine to serve on the “New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force,” received recognition for Advocacy Work on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries by CMS, recognized by the NJ Senate on behalf of her work on a series of bills for autism with autism and received leadership recognition for service to persons with supported employment by NJ APSE.

Ms. Long has been interviewed by media outlets CNBC, NJN, NPR, written articles, traveled the country speaking on issues impacting adults with autism.

Jonathan R. Mook, Esq.Jonathan R. Mook, Esq.

DiMuroGinsburg P.C.

Jonathan R. Mook is a partner in the law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities, both published by LexisNexis. He frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and is a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. Mr. Mook is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Mook earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He authored the 2013-2015 updates to Chapter 5A, “The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.”

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