As more children are diagnosed with Autism (1 in 68), more working parents are under increased emotional and financial stress trying to balance home and work life. Lack of ‑sufficient Autism supports can lead to reduced productivity and increased absence at work or the inability to work for family caregivers.
On September 22nd, 2015 HMEA will host the 2nd Annual Autism Summit at Assumption College in Worcester. This year’s event will focus on positive practices in the workplace for supporting employees who are caregivers (parents) to loved ones with Autism as well as highlight the unique qualities that these employees bring to companies.
Kristine Biagiotti, President of EMC‘s Disability Employee Resource Group will kick off the event as keynote speaker followed by a list of professionals including the Director of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, Dr. Jean Frazier.
If you work in Human Resources at a mid or large size company in Central MA, we encourage you to attend. Or, if you are an employee at a company that you feel would be open-minded to learning about how to better support their employees, we ask that you get in touch.