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Neurodiversity Panel Event: National Autism Awareness Month – April 23, 2019

As part of Berkeley Lab’s efforts to increase awareness on neurodiversity for National Autism Awareness Month in April, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office and the All Access Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be hosting a panel event: Tuesday, April 23rd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Building 50 Auditorium. 

This talk will highlight the personal and/or professional experiences of Berkeley Lab colleagues around the topic of the autism spectrum, and raise awareness on the definition of neurodiversity and how to support pathways and opportunities for neurodiverse individuals.  Panel members include:

  • Mike Witherell, Laboratory Director: Sharing experience from a parent’s perspective
  • Emalynn Robinson, Senior Analytics Consultant in HR Division: Highlighting background working with neurodiverse individuals
  • Martha Ortiz, Clerical Assistant in Biosciences Area Office: Employee from Berkeley Lab’s Project Search neurodiversity program
  • Stacy Curry, Senior Supervisor in Engineering Division: Supervisor for Berkeley Lab’s Project Search neurodiversity program

Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation.  Neurodiversity includes the autism spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome, and more.  This event will primarily focus on the autism spectrum, the power of high-performing organizations to leverage the strengths and unique talents of neurodiverse individuals, and how Berkeley Lab is working to further the ability of people on the spectrum to find gainful and integrated employment.  If you have any questions, please contact

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Resources: Neurodiversity in the Workplace