27 Apr 2018, in Neurodiversity
What a few days at the autism at work summit. Uptimize founder Ed Thompson was in Seattle at a wonderful event hosted by Microsoft, where as a year ago employers, service providers, education professionals and more came together to share best practices, insights and strategies relating to neurodiversity in the workplace.
Particular highlights included keynotes by Thomas D'Eri of Rising Tide Car Wash - an extraordinary, pioneering small business in Florida - and Holly Robinson Peete, who talked movingly about her son on the spectrum and enthusiastically about a new partnership with Microsoft to teach young people digital skills.
Themes included: the value to ALL employees of including autistic people in the workplace, and the importance of further research in this area to capture and shape best practice strategies, and to continue to make the case for more inclusive hiring and workplaces.
What was also clear - the inspiration that pioneering companies such as Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase have given to a new wave of autism at work program builders.
We're already excited for Autism at Work Summit 2019. Thanks again, Microsoft, for this year's event.