Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 11:30am – 1:30pm PST
Hosted by: BC Centre for Employment Excellence
This webinar is a special two-hour online event featuring speakers with expert knowledge of autism in the workplace.
The event will be structured as follows:
- A brief overview of Autism Spectrum (AS)
- Job coaching basics for working with individuals on AS
- Training and on-boarding that work with managers, teams, and individuals on AS
- Successful employment models in businesses in the Lower Mainland including Autism@Work (SAP), Focus Professionals, and Impark
- Behaviour at work
- What and how to share with managers and co-workers
- Barriers and alternatives (applications, interviews, testing, on-the-job orientation, training, feedback)
A brief panel and Q&A will round out the mini-symposium.
Jamie Millar-Dixon is the Principal of MacLeod Silver HR Business Partners based in Vancouver, BC and the lead Recruitment Specialist with BC WIN. She also is the project lead on the annual The Better Workplace Conference, managed through The Conference Board of Canada.
Jamie has an extensive Human Resources background of over 26 years, specializing in HR start-up and management, workforce diversity and inclusion, recruitment, training, employee engagement, organizational transition, program development, project management and other areas of positive change.
Dr. David Worling has worked extensively with individuals on the Autism Spectrum for the past 25 years in Toronto and Vancouver. In addition to providing diagnostic and learning assessments, he has developed a number of innovative treatment protocols that have been aimed as supporting social competence, self-coping, depression, and anxiety.
David began the Westcoast Child Development Group in 2003 and has been in a full time private practice ever since. Dr. Worling holds academic affiliations with the Psychology Clinic at SFU and is a Sessional Instructor, teaching a course on Autism with the Psychology Department at UBC. David is a Qualified Specialist affiliated with the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network and provides workshops, training, and presentations regarding ASD and mental health. In response to his maturing clinical population, he began advocating for employment issues and Autism. He has developed a number of unique intervention protocols and founded the Spectrum Works Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm that aims to support the mental health needs of adults with ASD in addition to bringing attention to this uniquely qualified population.
Inspired by the unique talents of her younger brother, who is on AS, Rachel Maxcy has sought out creative ways to match talented professionals on the spectrum with secure, enriching employment, for over six years. Her experience has included working in partnership with Open Door Ventures and Specialisterne to provide training and on-site job support for SAP, the world’s third-largest software company, as part of the Autism@Work Program. She has also worked as a Customized Employment Specialist with Open Door Group and Progressive Intercultural Community Services, and as a Job Coach with Focus Professionals as part of the Vancity Quality Assurance Team.
She is currently employed as a Job Developer and Coach with the YWCA, one of the largest providers of diverse employment programming in the Lower Mainland. Rachel offers a rare perspective as someone who has worked in both the public and private sectors, and as both a corporate trainer and recruiter as well as as a job placement specialist.