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Autism in Business will feature inclusion strategies

Autism-in-Business-v5dOn Oct. 22, AuSM will bring together Minnesota’s top corporate leaders, business professionals, state agencies, and autism advocates for Autism in Business, a forum focused on providing positive strategies for employing and retaining individuals with autism. Held at TIES in St. Paul, the event aims to help businesses and employers learn more about the autism community’s untapped talent pool. 

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Autism-in-Business-v5dOn Oct. 22, AuSM will bring together Minnesota’s top corporate leaders, business professionals, state agencies, and autism advocates for Autism in Business, a forum focused on providing positive strategies for employing and retaining individuals with autism. Held at TIES in St. Paul, the event aims to help businesses and employers learn more about the autism community’s untapped talent pool.

With a diagnosis rate of 1 in 68, autism is Minnesota's fastest growing developmental disability. According to a study released in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, roughly half a million children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade. These adults will be entering the workforce, making diversity an even more important goal for businesses and the community. 

“Individuals with autism often have unflinching focus, unwavering dedication, and fierce loyalty,” Jonah Weinberg, AuSM’s executive director said. “The strengths and talents of people with autism can be put to work to bring success not only to companies, but also to our overall economy.”

Garth Johnson, CEO of Meticulon, a Canadian information technology company, will deliver the event’s keynote presentation. Because of his experience owning and managing several entrepreneurial businesses and his personal experience of having a child with disabilities, Johnson became inspired to build a team that would make Meticulon the first IT consulting firm in Canada to employ the unique abilities of consultants with autism.

Autism in Business also will feature breakout sessions covering theory of mind in the workplace, practical tips for hiring and retaining employees on the spectrum, and success stories from employees and employers. 

The Leadership Lunch Forum topics will include best practices, current happenings in Minnesota, successful autism employment stories, and a question and answer session. The information-filled day will conclude with a Networking Hour where participants will have the opportunity to visit resource tables and learn first-hand about employing the talents of individuals with autism.

Registration for Autism in Business is $85 per person; a group rate is available for registrations of 10 or more. Click here to learn more about Autism in Business and to register. Autism in Business 2015 is not a job fair.