Grand Valley:  Including Neurodiversity in IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility)

Date and Time

Starts:03/23/2022 6:00 PM

Ends:03/23/2022 7:30 PM

Registration Closes:03/22/2022 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



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Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Hiring and retaining neurodiverse talent is beginning to become a key consideration in today’s workforce, yet it is still often overlooked in diversity, equity and inclusion programs and practices. This session with speaker Wanda Deschamps will focus on what neurodiversity is, why it is important to understand, suggestions for how to hire and retain neurodiverse talent, how to build neurodiversity into an IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) strategy and the value of neurodiversity in the workplace, including through inclusive leadership.

Organizations that have strong understandings of neurodiversity are gaining competitive advantages in a tight labour market. This session will impart knowledge related to how hiring and retaining neurodiverse talent can lead to inclusion, diversity and accessibility practices that increase productivity and morale and benefit everyone in the workplace.

The recording for this event is NOT being shared post-event therefore you will need to attend this virtual event live at the date and time indicated above.



6:00 PM - Welcome and Introductions

6:05 PM - Speaker Presentation | Q&A

7:30 PM - Event Concludes

Registration Closes: March 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM.

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how neurodiversity is a dimension of overall IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility)
2. Identify opportunities for increasing neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace
3. Detect how to strengthen the workplace through practices designed to play to neurodiverse talent 

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Speaker bio(s)
Wanda Deschamps

Wanda Deschamps, founder and principal of Liberty Co seeks to increase the participation level of the neurodiverse population in the workforce with a special emphasis on autism due to her own diagnosis at midlife. She has worked with public, private and not-for-profit organizations to build their awareness of the benefits of hiring and retaining neurodiverse talent and is actively seeking further opportunities for collaboration. Wanda enjoys writing and speaking under the banner of the #InclusionRevolution - a worldwide movement launched in 2018 to spearhead different thinking about disability, especially disability employment. She is also the catalyst behind the #Women4Women collective focused on supporting other women. Based in Waterloo, she relishes reading, exercising and following the Pittsburgh Penguins.