For Immediate Release
Carley Dummitt, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator
Tulsa Community College Completes Neurodiversity in the Workplace Training
(Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 20th) The Tulsa Community College Human Resources Department recently completed LEAD, a neurodiversity in workplace training series provided by the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO). The Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma awarded AFO a grant to support its mission to increase employment opportunities for individuals with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. LEAD, a neurodiversity in the workplace training series, is designed to raise awareness of neurodiversity, educate employers on the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce, and assist employers in building inclusive work environments for individuals with neurological differences.
On November 17, Workforce Development Coordinator Kyle Britt presented TCC Chief Human Resources Officer Evan Jewsbury with a certificate recognizing the TCC HR Department for completing LEAD training and their efforts to create an inclusive and accommodating working environment for individuals with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities.
“The TCC Human Resources department appreciated the training provided by the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma’s LEAD program. The content invited us to reflect on our processes, procedures, and environment and how to change things to be more inclusive for neurodiverse people. These inclusive practices make the workplace better for everyone.” says Ceci Martin-Smith, Director of Employee and Organizational Development for TCC.
“Young adults on the autism spectrum face the highest unemployment rates of any disability category, although many of these individuals are eager to enter the workforce. There is a large pool of qualified and talented autistic employees available to employers who are committed to the inclusion of neurodiverse talent. Through this training series on neurodiversity in the workplace provided directly to employers, AFO expects to see increased employment opportunities for individuals with autism and intellectual or other developmental disabilities, “says Kyle Britt, AFO Workforce Development Coordinator.
About Autism Foundation of Oklahoma
The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans with autism and their families. AFO’s programs provide education, advocacy, professional development, and individual and family support for Oklahoma’s autism community. To learn more, visit www.autismfoundationok.org