Supervisor Training Series: Supporting Accessibility and Neurodivergence in the Workplace

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | Time: 1:00-2:00pm | Location: Virtual Zoom

Event Description

Neurodiversity is an important and often overlooked aspect of DEI. Understanding the differences and support needs of your neurodivergent employees is imperative to building a diverse and trusting team. Providing a supportive environment for diverse minds will benefit everyone in the office. Together we will rethink workplace policy and culture to include people with diverse brains and create workspaces where all can shine.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Neurodiversity, neurodivergent, and neurotypical.
  • Understand the strengths and common differences in Neurodivergent people.
  • Identify office policies and culture that can be detrimental for the success of neurodivergent employees.
  • Identify accommodations and supports that are helpful for neurodivergent folks.
  • Consider what you can do to support neurodivergent employees in your office.

About the Speaker: Lindsay Hill, Ability Access Specialist: Autism Spectrum Disorders, BOND Program

Lindsay Hill joined the RCPD team in January 2017. Lindsay is passionate about helping students successfully navigate higher education and the transition to successful employment. Her primary responsibilities include working with students, staff and employees to find the right accommodations they need to find success at MSU. She also leads the BOND program for students with ASD; facilitating a transition program prior to fall semester, teaching a fall seminar, and hosting monthly social skill building events. Lindsay has been a Spartan for life, earning her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Speech and Language Pathology from MSU in 2002. She spent more than 10 years out of state, primarily as a high school special education teacher after earning her first Master’s degree , and then returned home to further her education. She is a graduate of the Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling at MSU and enjoys working closely with the program to help train new graduate students.

About the Speaker: Kelsey Foote, Ability Access Specialist, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder

Kelsey Foote joined team RCPD in September 2017. She enjoys working with students and employees on academic skills, time management, organization, and finding helpful resources at MSU and in the community. Kelsey focuses on individuals’ needs holistically, hoping to help MSU students/employees to find balance, connectivity, and personal well being on our campus.

In her spare time, Kelsey loves spending time with friends and family, including her three cats. She also enjoys seeing live music, making jewelry, and spending time outdoors.