Denver Disabilities Network: Neurodiversity—What it means and how employers can embrace it in the workplace

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2020

I was honored to be asked to participate with a couple amazing panelists. I enjoy panels as they dispense with the pressure of a solo presentation and I get to learn great ideas from amazing people. Thanks you so much Tricia for trusting me to be a high quality panelist and giving me the opportunity to participate.

The Denver Disabilities Network is a quarterly event featuring speakers, workshops, and the sharing of best practices for disability inclusion. The goal is to bring together interested stakeholders from around the country. By highlighting the skills and talents of people with disabilities, an open discussion of the best practices and desired outcomes between all parties can take place. 

Neurodiversity—What it means and how employers can embrace it in the workplace 

Tuesday, December 8th 2020 DDN Meeting—Zoom Online Platform

This session was designed for attendees who:

  • you desire input in making your workplace, products, or services more accessible.
  • you would like to learn best practices from other organizations that have created systems and processes for disability inclusion.
  • you would like to learn about workplace accommodations necessary for individuals with disabilities.
  • you are interested in an open dialogue with those who live with disabilities and/or work in the diversity and inclusion space.

The focus of the December 8th event will be on learning what the term neurodiversity means, insights on working with neurodiverse employees, and how you can support these individuals during the hiring process and on the job.

Tricia Downing photo


Tricia Downing—Event Organizer and Host

Since sustaining a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2000, Tricia has become passionate about elevating the quality of life for individuals with disabilities within the Denver Community. In the past ten years, she founded and directed a sports and fitness camp for female wheelchair users, has mentored newly injured patients through Craig Hospital and paved the way as a pioneer in the sport of paratriathlon, becoming the first female wheelchair racer to complete an Iron distance triathlon. She is a 2016 Paralympian and is currently training for Tokyo 2020ne. Tricia has master’s degrees in both Sport Management (Eastern Illinois) and Disability Studies (Regis University). Additionally, she published her memoir in 2010 and in 2018 published her first fiction novel, starring a main character who has a disability. Tricia hopes to see more positive portrayals of individuals with disabilities in books, on TV, and on the big screen.

Denver Disability Network Website