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Neurodiversity at Work: Valuing Teammates Who Are Wired Differently

Creating more inclusive and comfortable work environments, identifying communication styles, and being great teammates to those that are wired a bit different.

I am a Visual Designer in corporate America; I am also on the Autism Spectrum. I’ve thrived in my career using self-awareness as a tool for bringing out my best work and approaching design from a different direction. Growing a neurodiverse design team has it’s hurdles, but the pros far outweigh the cons. I will talk about improving work environments, identifying communication styles, and being a great teammate to those that are wired a bit different.

Amy Johnson

Amy creates intuitive user interfaces for Allstate Mobile on a diverse team. Working in several different design environments prior to Allstate, she has a unique perspective on what it means to design and work with others while being on the Autism spectrum. She creates work that is direct and purposeful. She is a neurodiversity advocate and promotes accessibility in her designs. The philosophies she holds in her work directly relate to her priorities in life. Prior to Allstate, Amy was a Product Designer and Android expert for Next Radio (Emmis Communications) and a Visual Experience Designer at Motorola Mobility working on Motorola.com and MotoMaker.

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