Zosia Zaks, Neurodiversity
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Noon to 1 pm
Exploring Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Zosia Zaks will provide an overview of neurodiversity, an important aspect of human diversity that businesses and organizations are paying more attention to today. What is neurodiversity? What are the advantages of ensuring workplaces include neurodiverse workers? What strategies can human resource professionals use to facilitate successful inclusion? By exploring these and other questions, this workshop will help human resource professionals consider neurodiversity in the workplace through new and important perspectives.
1. Participants will be able to define neurodiversity and to recognize traits of neurodiverse employees.
2. Participants will be able to describe barriers to employment for neurodiverse individuals and the role advocates and allies can play in reducing those barriers.
3. Participants will be able to list several advantages of including neurodiverse employees across different types of business entities and organizations.
4. Participants will be able to identify and utilize several strategies for facilitating inclusion of neurodiverse employees and managing common challenges neurodiverse employees face.
Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C., has more than 20 years of experience working with teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum and with related conditions. As a rehabilitation counselor, he has supported hundreds of autistic individuals in achieving their goals to live and to work in their communities. He has extensive experience designing programs and developing strategies that facilitate integration of neurodiverse individuals at worksites, in schools, and in community settings. Mr. Zaks brings unique perspectives to professional projects, trainings, and consultations as a disability counselor, a self-advocate, and a parent of two neurodiverse children. In addition to counseling and consulting, he speaks nationally on autism and neurodiversity related issues, teaches university-level courses on disability social justice, and serves on the boards of several regional and national organizations.
Central Illinois Human Resources (CiHRG)
PO Box 7291
Champaign, IL 61826-7291