Critical Conversations
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Most organizations are committed to increasing the diversity of their employees. Yet, only 12 percent of companies hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And 85 percent of neurodivergent adults remain unemployed.

For Autism Awareness Month this April, join a panel discussion to uncover some common myths behind this unfortunate reality, and find out about the benefits of hiring differently-abled individuals and tips for improving their recruitment.

During this event, moderated by Linh Huynh, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Gladstone, you will:

  • Get an inside look at findings from a large-scale study by Creative Spirit that set out to determine attitudes, behaviors, and barriers to hiring individuals with disabilities into fair-wage positions
  • Hear from an employer who worked with Creative Spirit and how hiring neurodivergent individuals changed their company
  • Learn from a differently-abled person about their journey to finding employment

Creative Spirit is the first global, nonprofit talent acquisition resource devoted to placing qualified, ambitious candidates with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities in fair-wage integrated positions at the best companies in the world. They are on a mission to place 1 million individuals in fair-wage jobs in this decade.


April 26, 2023
1:00-2:30pm PDT

Critical Conversations was launched in 2020 as a way for Gladstone community members to challenge and empower themselves by considering different ways of thinking through the lens of others. These discussions will encourage you to reframe or shift your perspective. All community members are encouraged to participate and continue the dialogue outside this forum.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.