Through our Corporate Advisory Network of diverse corporate and organizational leaders, we aim to increase support for New Frontier, help create job opportunities for young adults (21 or older) on the spectrum who have completed appropriate training programs, and eliminate misconceptions and biases about working with people with disabilities with the ultimate goal of removing barriers to employment for the community we support. The network also provides professional development, training, and mentorship opportunities for New Frontier individuals.
The Corporate Advisory Network, meeting 3-4 times a year, is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in the workplace for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. As such, it serves as an advisory body and strategic partner committed to sharing best practices, expertise, and opportunities that will help facilitate employment and internship opportunities for individuals.
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Highlights from the last meeting:
Birch Family Services convened the Corporate Advisory Network meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. We welcomed PNC Bank’s Carmen Bruce, VP of Diversity Recruiting Advisor, and Greg Pollack, Accessibility Officer, who presented on the bank’s accessibility and disabilities hiring strategy.
Additional presenters included:
- Matt Sturiale, President & CEO of Birch Family Services, who provided an update on the state of employment for people with autism and developmental disabilities at this stage of the pandemic as New York City and its businesses begin to reopen; and
- Ludovica Alcorn, Employment Specialist Manager, New Frontier, who updated the network on how members of our employment and social skills development program are shaking off lockdown furloughs and layoffs and jumping feet first back into the job market!