Autism in the workplace
As an autistic professional, I’ve encountered my share of successes and challenges in the workplace—and have used those experiences to support other autistic workers and job-seekers. I created a mentoring program for autistic job-seekers called Spectrum Skillshare as part of the University of Massachusetts–Boston’s Barbara Wilensky Gopen Fellowship in 2015. I assembled a group of mentors and protégés to support each other in writing résumés and cover letters, identifying relevant skills and interests, conducting informational interviews, and connecting to services that would help them find the right job for them. In 2020, I spoke on the Neurodiversity in the Workplace panel alongside Temple Grandin, the notable autistic writer, speaker, and agricultural scientist. If you’re an autistic adult who needs support entering the working world, or if you’re a family member, nonprofit worker, or other ally who wants to help autistic people in the workplace, consider reaching out to me. (If you’re a job-seeker, I offer discounted rates—get in touch for more information.)
Plain-language and inclusive writing
I’ve worked with nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutes to make their writing easier to read. Although public policy affects everyone, confusing jargon and buzzwords shut out the people who need to understand these policies the most. For example, a lot of people with developmental disabilities in the United States depend on government-funded home- and community-based services, but the language used in the statutes and reports is downright labyrinthine. It’s also hard to read about yourself and hear the voice of a faceless bureaucrat. Through years of practice, I’ve learned how to take these complex policies and break them down. If you’d like to learn how to write more plainly, I just might be the person you’re looking for.
Training for editors in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations
Are you interested in becoming an in-house editor for a nonprofit or philanthropic organization? Do you want to train your staff to become better self-editors? I can train prospective editors—usually communications or marketing staff—on the finer points of Standard English to prepare them for successful careers as copyeditors or developmental editors. If your editors don’t know that all right is two separate words, they don’t know Standard English. (And if they refuse to use the standard spelling, they shouldn’t be editing at all.) If your editors write anyways, that’s a possible disqualification. Errors like this separate the novice from the professional—and professional publications deserve editors who know and use Standard English. Don’t settle for less. Want to work with me? Email me at unexpectedly AT me.com. (Here are the slides from one of my workshops on standard usage and plain language.)
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