Embracing Neurodiversity:

Building Inclusive Pathways to Success in the Workplace

Join us for an enriching webinar where experts will offer practical advice based on their professional and personal experiences in supporting neurodiverse youth through the transition into the workplace. The topics covered will be:

  • Preparing neurodiverse youth for the transition from school to work, including acquiring essential skills and securing necessary supports and accommodations in post-secondary education and the workplace
  • Recognizing the profound impact on the neurodiverse community when workplaces fail to provide adequate accommodations.
  • Implementing neuro-inclusive practices in the workplace and refining hiring processes to foster diversity and inclusion.
  • Identifying and addressing the barriers encountered by neurodiverse youth in the workplace, while exploring effective support mechanisms to facilitate their success.

Date: March 21st, 2024
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm, including Q&A
Where: Over Zoom – register to receive the link

Register for the Neurodiversity Webinar

Meet the Speakers

Executive Director, Erica Park-Coutts

Julie Cole (she/her)

Lessons in Label Life: How Mabel’s Labels learned that neurodiversity was good for business!

Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker and emcee. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. Her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, and numerous websites.

When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an engaged community member serving on boards and volunteering. She is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, and social justice.

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Paul Dick

Bridging the Gaps: Transition from School to Work

Paul Dick has been a teacher in the Halton District School Board for 17 years. He has worked as a Special Education Resource Teacher and guidance counsellor for gifted students and twice exceptional students. He has also worked as a science teacher at both Abbey Park High School and Elsie MacGill secondary school, with a focus on reaching students that learn best in non-traditional ways. A year ago, he started working as a teacher at the Oakville Hospital, supporting students admitted to hospital during acute mental health crises. He lives in Oakville with his wife and two sons.

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Louise Gleeson

Untapped Potential: Exploring the Ramifications of Inadequate Workplace Accommodations

Louise Gleeson is a Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON. She is a mother to neurotypical and neurodivergent children. She is deeply passionate about working in the areas of community advocacy and dismantling systems that create barriers to inclusivity and safety for neurodivergent individuals in schools, workplaces and communities.

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Kristen Jackson-Dockeray

Pathways to Success: Mentorship Programs & Alumni Insights

Kristen is Camp Kirk’s Camp Director. She has a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Counselling, along with 20 years of experience working with children in youth in various settings from the classroom to summer camp. Kristen is passionate about empowering neurodiverse youth to reach their potential.


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Tom Skerritt

Alumni Insights: Carving a Divergent Path in a Neurotypical World

Tom is one of Camp Kirk’s alumni and was a camper and staff member in the ’90s and early 2000s.  After High School Tom worked in the Oil Fields for several years, before deciding to pursue his teaching degree. He is currently a teacher in Northern Alberta, working with Indigenous students.