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Upcoming DC Metro BLN Programs

    • July 24, 2017
    • December 29, 2017
    • Capital One 1680 Capital One Dr, McLean, VA 22102
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     Recorded live July 13, 2017 at Capital One, MccLean, VA

    Autism at Work: Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Talent

     


    15 min

    Capital One Welcome

    Introductions

    Jim Reo, Senior Director Executive Recruiting,

    National Lead of CapAbilities Business Resource Group

    45 min

    Keynote

    Job Accommodation Network

    Melanie Whetzel, Lou Orslene

    15 min

    Networking Break

      

    Capital One Presentation

    Tom Downs

    Karen Manning

    1 hour

    OPEN Forum

    Leading the Dialog

    EY

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    Freddie Mac

    Conversation Contributors

    Neil Barnett/Jen Guadagno

     Microsoft

    (Invited)

    SAP


    Closing Remarks

    Katherine McCary

    Share Forum Challenges

    Discussion

    • 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?

    Speakers: The Job Accommodation Network

    Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS

    Lead Consultant, Cognitive / Neurological Team

    Louis E. Orslene, MPIA, MSW

    Co-Director

    Special Guests include representatives from 
    Capital One, EY, Microsoft

     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.

    Bios

    Melanie Whetzel

    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

    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!


    • September 12, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • DXC Technology 1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons VA 22102

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    Anne Hirsh

    Anne Hirsh, Co-Director

    Anne will share information regarding the statistics, some common impairments that fall under mental illness and discuss common situations and strategies regarding performance, confidentiality, disclosure and attendance. We will hear from Lori Golden, EY and her team on the “R You Ok?” Campaign to address the stigma and EY leadership efforts for engaging the workforce.


    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.

    Bio

    Anne Hirsh


    Anne Hirsh has been with JAN since 1986. She became a consultant in 1988 and then was appointed to Associate Manager in 1994. In the fall of 2007 Anne became JAN Co-Director with Lou Orslene.

    Anne has a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation from West Virginia University. In 2006 she received WVU College of Human Resource and Education Laddie R. Bell Distinguished Service Award for her national, regional, and local service to people with disabilities.

    Through the years she has worked with all JAN teams. Her primary focus was with the sensory team. She currently serves as a "floater" filling in where needed. Additionally, Anne presents on accommodation and employment issues for national, regional, and local audiences.

    Anne's research interests include effective approaches in accommodation, educating both employers and individuals on successful means of communicating accommodation needs, and accommodations of individuals with hearing loss and individuals with psychiatric impairments.


    Agenda pending. Stay tuned for more details!


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