Promote awareness of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), encourage greater inclusiveness in our work environment, and provide hope to those who have loved ones with ASD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impacts each individual differently and is typically characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Individuals with ASD are considered neurodistinct due to genetic differences in neurological functioning.
Many individuals with Autism, called "autistics", have noticeable external physical characteristics such as rocking, tapping, hand wringing, humming - among other things. These actions are called "stimming" and are used to channel neurological energy to increase social interaction capabilities.
Our work is to accomplish three primary objectives:
Raise the awareness of Autism across Alphabet;
Create a more inclusive, equitable, and safe workplace for individuals;
Increase the self-esteem of people with Autism to enable career progression
2019 , Autism in HighTech Summit
Very encouraging, there were ~400 people RSVPed from over 50+ companies and schools, institutes over Bay Area with a full house of attendees at a 10X size compared to many similar events. We were thrilled to have you with us, and were very impressed by the positive sentiment from all of you. We hope you have had time to reflect on what you have learned as well.
Neurodiversity Awareness for
Are you aware that your team member(s) may have a special talent?
This is the first neurodiversity summit for managers at company wide level across PAs from Google/Alphabet to
Kevin Hartman , Director of Measurement & Analytics team for the Ads LCS CG&E sector, shared his personal life journey from suffering through a diagnosis of autism to fully embracing it to achieve success .
In our second panel, moderated by Miguel Feldens, two Googler reportee/manager pairs shared their journey: challenges, opportunities, strategies, tips, and communication best practices that work.
This later becomes two blog post featured by Google