Prior to the global pandemic, individuals on the autism spectrum had an 80% unemployment rate and a 50% underemployment rate in the U.S.. There is no telling just how much damage the pandemic had to the limited career prospects of neurodivergent individuals.

At the same time, the last year has brought renewed focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in society, and in the workplace. However, typically lost in that discussion is the neurodivergent community, or those on the autism spectrum. This is often due to a lack of education and understanding of the unique talents and abilities of neurodivergent individuals among hiring managers in the business world, in addition to a lack of supportive services for neurodiverse adults looking to transition into the workforce.

That is why NeuroTalent Works has partnered with the DC Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, to launch the Future of Neurodiverse Work Initiative — a unique neurodiversity hiring program for DC-area corporations and neurodiverse job seekers.

Together, the DC Global Shapers and NeuroTalent Works have launched a fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 to provide neurodiversity training for DC-area corporations, interview/job readiness training for DC-area neurodiverse residents, as well as a virtual networking and hiring event. The primary goal is to connect neurodivergent job candidates with companies that are action-oriented in their commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Are you an employer in the D.C.-area or with remote work opportunities interested in learning more about neurodiversity in the workplace or a DC-area neurodiverse job seeker? Contact Us

Get Involved

As a Job Seeker

attend OUR EVENTS

Talent Employment Readiness Skills Training

Thursday, June 3rd: 6:00-7:30pm EDT 

  • For neurodivergent job candidates: This training is to help you prepare to be a competitive job candidate at the 6/12 virtual Hiring Event and answer any questions you might have
  • Topics will include: resume-writing, networking 101, business professionalism and other essential skills to be employment-ready

Corporate Neurodiversity Training

Friday, June 4th: 12:00-1:00pm EDT 

  • Introduction to Neurodiversity: What it is, why it matters and how to build inclusive and equitable hiring practices for neurodivergent individuals
  • Set expectations and answer questions in preparation for the 6/12 Hiring Event

Neurodiversity Hiring Event (D.C. Focus)

Saturday, June 12: 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT

  • Join a safe and welcoming virtual space for recruiters and neurodivergent job candidates to meet for job opportunities in the Washington D.C. area and remotely
  • Attend break-out rooms for intentional networking and employment-related discussions/workshops

Take the pledge

The Future of Neurodiverse Work Pledge is a commitment on the part of employers to educate themselves about how to incorporate and prioritize neurodiverse talent in the workplace.

Employers that sign the pledge and make a $500 minimum donation will receive an invitation to our June 4th virtual corporate training event as well as our June 12th hiring and networking event.

Neurodivergent Job Candidates seeking employment in the Washington D.C. area, please submit your interest in the form below to receive more information and an invitation to our June 3rd training and June 12th virtual neurodiversity hiring event.