Speakers: The Job Accommodation Network
Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS
Lead Consultant, Cognitive / Neurological Team
Louis E. Orslene, MPIA, MSW
SHARE FORUM AGENDA
Hear from JAN-the leading experts on interviewing and Accommodating Autistic Talent!
Bring your organizational knowledge to this robust dialog! You are guaranteed to walk away with information and ideas you can put to practical use!
Using our Share Forum Approach, we will be discussing the following challenge questions
- What is appropriate language and etiquette to use in the Autism Dialog?
- What are the barriers to recruiting Autistic Talent? Where is the pipeline?
- What strategies have you put in place to retain this talent?
- What are you doing within your culture to ensure true inclusion of Autistic Talent?
Special Guests include representatives from Capital One, EY,
Booz Allen Hamilton and Freddie Mac.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential technical assistance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Since 1983, JAN’s professional consultants have provided quality customer service to more than 480,000 customers, including employers, individuals with disabilities and their family members, service providers, union representatives, doctors, lawyers, and others. JAN is unsurpassed in its wealth of knowledge, experience, resources, and dedication to its mission: improving the employment outlook of people with disabilities by providing timely, accurate, and thorough information to its customers.
JAN Consultants are thought leaders and innovators on disability employment issues. All have earned at least one Master's degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering.
JAN consultants provide technical assistance related to all aspects of job accommodation, including compliance with and enforcement of disability-related employment laws, products and services, vendors and resources, best practices, how to request and negotiate accommodations, and how to process accommodation requests. Customers also receive information on self-employment and non-profit development.
JAN consultants have over 100 years collective experience in providing customized accommodation solutions, referrals, and training. Consultants work in various specialized teams including motor, sensory, cognitive/psychiatric, and self-employment teams. Working in specialty teams permits the consultants to develop knowledge within specific areas. This collective experience and expertise enables consultants to respond efficiently and quickly to requests in the most appropriate manner.
Melanie joined the JAN staff as a consultant on the Cognitive / Neurological Team in February 2008. She has a fourteen year history of teaching and advocating for students with disabilities in the public school system.
Melanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and has earned sixty hours above masters’ level. Her post-graduate work has been primarily focused on special education. She most recently completed a graduate certification in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition.
As a member of the Cognitive / Neurological Team, Melanie specializes in learning disabilities, mental impairments, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injuries. She became a certified brain injury specialist in December 2014.
Lou Orslene serves as the Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) as well as the fiscal officer for both JAN and the Disability Research Policy Center at West Virginia University. Previously, Lou served as JAN’s Manager of Strategic Partnerships, a JAN Consultant with the Cognitive/Mental Health Team, and the Assistant Manager of Project RSVP, a Social Security Administration funded return-to-work demonstration project.
In addition to providing leadership at JAN, Lou also facilitates JAN’s strategic planning process and works closely with outreach and education staff. Lou has also taken on the role of assisting other interested countries in replicating the JAN model. In this regard, Lou has worked with the governments of Colombia, Republic of Korea, and India. Elements of the JAN Model have been replicated in other countries including the England, Japan, Australia among others.
Before joining JAN, Lou worked as a quality assurance and strategic planning consultant. Lou has also served as Executive Director of Life Management Consultants, an agency in Pennsylvania that provides residential, community, and employment related services for people with disabilities.
Lou graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with dual Master's degrees in Public and International Affairs and Social Work. Lou also earned a certificate in managing public and non-profit organizations as well as a specialization in economic development administration. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management.
Lou is committed to increasing the employability of persons with disabilities. This commitment is continuously deepened through the exploration of the nexus between the needs of employers and abilities of persons with disabilities.
Agenda pending. Stay tuned for more details!