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FEED Meeting February 14, 2024

The Federal Government and Neurodiversity

Wednesday, February 14, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Overview

Interested in advancing employment opportunities for federal employees with disabilities? Our colleagues from across the Federal Government will:

  • Share model programs to enhance opportunities and outcomes for neurodivergent employees;
  • Provide an update on the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP);
  • Summarize findings from FEED members’ responses to September 2023 polling questions; and
  • Discuss next steps to elevate the FEED community, select future meeting topics, and more!

Agenda

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks (1:00-1:10 p.m.)

  • Akinyemi Banjo, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Presentation: Model Neurodiversity-Inclusive Programs (1:10-1:55 p.m.)

  • Dr. Scott Robertson, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Teresa Thomas, Program Lead, Neurodiverse Talent Enablement (Neurodiversity@Work), MITRE 
  • Dr. Lynn R. Cominsky, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Director, EdEon STEM Learning, Sonoma State University, NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3)

Update: Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) (1:55-2:15 p.m.)

  • Frances Vhay, Workforce Recruitment Program Manager, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Discussion (2:15-2:25 p.m.)

  • Renee Tajudeen, Director, Policy Communication and Outreach, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Report Out: Summary of FEED Member Responses to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Polling Questions (2:25-2:40 p.m.)

  • Jennifer Croft, Diversity Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (ODEIA), U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Interactive Session: Bolstering FEED Community Engagement and Connection (2:40-2:55 p.m.)

  • Wendy Doernberg, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Sector Programs, Office of Federal Operations, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Closing Remarks (2:55-3:00 p.m.)

  • Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Real time captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Should you need additional accommodations, kindly submit your request via the registration form.

*You must be an employee of the U.S. Federal Government with a .gov, .mil, .us, or .edu email address to join FEED.