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AANE Webinar: Empowering Teens & Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum for the Job Seeking Venture

February 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, $25.00



WHEN: February 19, 2020

TIME: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

WHERE: Online

HOST: Samantha Craft

COST: $25
Financial assistance is available. Contact stephanie.birkdale@aane.org for more information.


A Drexel study reports that 53.4% of young adults on the autism spectrum become employed after high school—the lowest rate among all disabilities. How can we work together to change this statistic and bring employment opportunities to individuals on the spectrum? Join Samantha Craft (aka Marcelle Ciampi), who works as a senior recruiter for a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative, as she shares practical tips for gaining self-empowerment and building a job search support network. Learn important steps to take before the actual job search begins, including gaining work experience and tapping into personal strengths. As an autistic author and advocate, Samantha brings her knowledge gleaned from over 10,000 correspondences with autistic individuals and their supporters around the globe, and 2,000 hours of study into the subject of autism as it relates to the workplace!


Examine outlying strengths and challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Define self-empowerment.

Identify what motivates individuals for a job search.

Explore techniques for a job search plan.

Recognize the importance of networking.

Learn resume and interview tips and pitfalls.

Determine the pros and cons of disclosing autism on the job.


Bio:  Samantha Craft (aka Marcelle Ciampi), M.Ed.

Samantha Craft, respected autistic author and community advocate, is best known for her writings found
in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in
various literature, including peer-reviewed journals, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project
Aspie, Art of Autism, and Different Brains. Samantha works as the Senior Recruiter and Outreach
Specialist at Ultranauts, a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative, and is a consultant
for Uptimize and Spectrum Fusion. A contributing author of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of
Autism, Samantha speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity. She also serves as the founder of
Spectrum Suite LLC, the co-founder of the Spectrum Lights Inclusion Summit, co-executive of
NeuroGuides, and a contributor to autism organizations internationally. Some of her works, especially
The Ten Traits, have been translated into multiple languages and been shared in counseling offices around
the world. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her four sons and life partner.


February 19
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x32