State of California No-Cost Employment Resources for Adults on the Autism Spectrum + Stanford Summit Nov 7-9

See (FREE!) Stanford Neurodiversity Summit details at the page bottom below.

On September 11 the AASCEND Job Club presents Sheraden Nicholau, Regional Manager of the State Council on Development Disabilities (SCDD). The SCDD is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency and ensures that Californians with developmental disabilities are guaranteed the same full and equal opportunities as all Americans.  

Ms. Nicholau will discuss the no-cost resources available for employment placement and supports available to adults on the autism spectrum and other developmental differences. She will draw on her experiences in close collaboration with the Regional Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, and local non-profits for job placement.

The Zoom meeting URL and password will be sent to people on our email list as the date approaches. If you are not on our email list, click here to sign up. No registration is necessary.

Sheraden Nicholau portrait

Ms Nicholau reports that working on projects and advocating for employment opportunities and equity for people with disabilities is an area of passion for her!

As usual at AASCEND meetings, attendees on the autism spectrum will offer their experience and perspectives throughout the program.

Who: Adults on the autism spectrum, families, mentors and professionals all welcome. For more information, please contact:
When: Sat Sept 11, 10am – 11am (approx.)
Where: Online via Zoom. URL and password will be emailed.

The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit organizers write:

Dear Members of the Neurodiversity Community:
With much excitement, we would like to invite you to our second virtual Stanford Neurodiversity Summit from November 7 to 9, 2021. This virtual summit is a unique conference bringing together neurodiverse / neurodivergent individuals, employers, service agencies, educators and students, parents, and professionals from all areas of the field. Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. Temple Grandin from Colorado, US Congresswoman Jessica Benham of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rhonda Moore from the National Institute of Mental Health, Sir Simon Baron-Cohen from University of Cambridge, Professor Yong Zhao of University of Kansas, and Professor Anand Prahlad of University of Missouri. We estimate that we will have about 70 to 90 speakers this year. In last year’s summit, we had over 3200 attendees who represent most stakeholder groups.
We are planning the conference with Universal Design in mind, to maximize accessibility and inclusion; we want neurodiverse individuals to participate. Please click here to see the preliminary program for the summit. You are also invited to explore Accessibility Guidelines to learn about how our group increases accessibility of the conference.
To ensure that you can enjoy the scheduled activities in the summit, we encourage you to register today. Registration is FREE and open until the tickets are sold out. All sessions will be recorded and made available to the public approximately a month after the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the summit in November!