VIRTUAL: October South Jersey LAN
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When: Friday, October 16, 2020
Where: Zoom meeting (details located in your confirmation email)
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Pricing: PSPS Members Only (Free)

Topic: Leveraging Neurodiversity in the Workplace

As talent acquisition becomes more and more competitive, PSPS SJ LAN wraps up 2020 with an eye on best practices in accessing neurodivergent candidates. Neurodiversity is an aspect of diversity that enhances the workplace in numerous ways. People with neurocognitive disabilities have talents, perspectives and skills that can be distinctly beneficial in many work environments.  

Employers are beginning to understand these benefits and develop hiring initiatives that focus on recruiting neurodiverse workers. While these efforts are more common in larger corporations, they have proven beneficial for businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries. Hiring neurodiverse employees can provide companies with a competitive edge that brings measurable benefits, both financially and in terms of workplace culture. 

Join us for our final meeting in 2020 to hear Theresa McFalls and Dr. Joseph McCleary, senior leaders from the Kinney Center, an affiliate of Saint Joseph’s University, lead a discussion of best practices with this increasingly appealing workforce alternative! 

Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Saint Joseph's University. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and both a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He also completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McCleery has been working with and studying individuals with autism, their families, and their service providers for over 20 years. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and his research and development projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Leverhulme Trust, among others. Dr. McCleery’s current research activities include studies of social and emotional functioning, adaptive functioning, academic progression, technology-based interventions, and quality of life in teens and adults with autism. 

Theresa McFalls received her Master’s in Social Work from West Chester University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. Theresa has worked with children and their families in a variety of settings including residential treatment facilities, hospitals and schools. She has provided individual, group, and family counseling services while locating additional community resources.

Theresa joined the Kinney Center team in 2011 and assisted with the planning and implementation of the ASPIRE college support program during its inaugural year. She strives to provide students and their families with resources that enable students to achieve academic success and expand social opportunities. She looks forward to the continued success ASPIRE students have at Saint Joseph’s University.

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