Autism Acceptance Month 2022 with Legislator & Autistic Self-Advocate Rep. Jessica Benham

Please join the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development as we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month 2022 with Representative Jessica Benham (D-PA), April 14th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern, presenting “Overcoming Stigma, Not Autism: Why Being Autistic Makes Me a Good Legislator.”This virtual, free event is open to all and sponsored by the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and Duke POLIS: Center for Politics.

Rep. Benham, sworn into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last year, is one of only a handful of US politicians who self-disclose as autistic, and as a bisexual woman, one of the few LGBTQ women in politics. Before her election, Rep. Benham founded the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, a grassroots self-advocacy project run by autistic people. She is an advocate for the rights of autistic people, especially for increased access to individualized education for public school students, addressing healthcare access barriers, and opening doors to employment for neurodiverse individuals.

 Registration is required in advance.

2021 Neurodiverse College & Career Summit

One of our members, Shreyas Hallur, is inviting the Duke community to attend an event hosted by the Neurodiversity Education and Research Center (NERC) via Zoom on Saturday October 16, 2021.  The Neurodiverse College & Career Summit will be hosted online and feature a keynote from Hailey Moss as well as discussion from a number of employers who are invested in hiring neurodiverse employees, and colleges who will describe their programming for students.  Register here.

Career Readiness Seminar for Students and Alumni

Career fairs are a great way to engage with employers, explore career options, and expand your network. The Career Readiness Series is designed to help students and alumni attending the North Carolina Autistic Career Summit. Participants will learn how to prepare for virtual career fairs, how to maximize their experience at the fair, and what steps to take following the event.

Register here.

The seminars are:

9/14 from 7-8 pm

9/29 from 12-1 pm

The North Carolina Autistic Career Summit is free but requires separate registration (info here)

The series is co-sponsored by the Duke Career Center, NC State Career Center, the LiNC-IT program, and Neurodiversity Connections.

A Statewide Collaboration for Autism Acceptance & Advancement in the Workplace

NC State is hosting the third annual North Carolina Autistic Career Summit on September 23 & 24 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.  This virtual event will feature internationally known keynote speakers, a career fair, and sessions focused on optimizing the job search experience for autistic adults.  The event is free to the public, and we encourage our students and alumni to attend!

Details and registration information is online.

Seeking Accommodations

The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) works with students to increase accessibility on campus in both academics and residential life. While having a neurodevelopmental condition does not necessarily mean you will need assistance, they can provide accommodations like extended time on assessments or assignments, accommodated dorm assignments and other help. Even if you are able to succeed academically without SDAO accommodations, they can help make life at Duke a little bit easier to handle.

The SDAO hosts virtual student office hours via Zoom and in person. Click here to learn more.

What if I haven’t been approved for accommodations yet?

The approval process for accommodations can take a while, especially if you are getting tested during the semester. The best thing to do if you need accommodations in the moment is to communicate this to your Academic Dean or your professors to discuss your options.

Check out Dr. Tara Chandrasekhar, M.D. and Dr. Cort Schneider, the Director of the Student Disability Access Office’s conversation about the basics of the accommodations process at Duke.  He is available for Conversations with the Director every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 -1:30 pm.

 

“What Different Can Do,” Interview with Camp Southern Ground

In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, two Neurodiversity Connections members discussed the importance of inclusion with Scott Hicok, Camp Director, at Camp Southern Ground, a residential camp for children that celebrates diversity in all forms.  Take a look at our conversations below:

What Different Can Do - A More Inclusive WorldWhat Different Can Do - Brains and Behaviors

 

Disability Pride Week

Next week is Disability Pride Week! Check out these great events hosted by the Duke Disability Alliance.

Email dukedisabilityalliance@duke.edu with questions.

Demystifying the Accommodations Process at Duke University

It was great to catch up with Dr. Cort Schneider, the Director of the Student Disability Access Office, to discuss the basics of the accommodations process at Duke.  Check out our conversation below:

2021 Autism Acceptance Month Speaker

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development will be hosting Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, a global self-advocate, educator, and parent on the autism spectrum in April 2021 for Autism Acceptance Month.

Learn more about this event and register here.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Panel

Join Duke Neurodiversity Connections and the Duke Career Center for a panel event focused on neurodiversity in the workplace. Our panelists will provide perspectives on navigating job interviews, their transition to the workforce and more. We enthusiastically welcome members of the Duke community who identify as neurodiverse as well as those who wish to learn!

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 3pm-4pm EST

Register here by Thursday, October 29th to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates the need for accommodations or has questions about access may contact Rachel Coleman (rachel.coleman@duke.edu) in advance of this event. 

For more information or questions, please contact Rachel Coleman (rachel.coleman@duke.edu) at the Duke University Career Center.

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