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A Match Made in Binary Code: Neurodiverse Tech Talent


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A Match Made in Binary Code: Neurodiverse Tech Talent

Destigmatized: Visible and invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

About 15-20% of the population is ideally suited for work in the tech industry, with exceptional, higher-than-average abilities for things like pattern recognition and writing orderly code. This percentage of the population is neurodiverse. With a bit of completely doable tweaking to policies and procedures, the benefits to tech companies are huge—not to mention that this is simply the right thing to do. In this talk, Shanda Woods, Scrum Master, Bella_Blue, Community Manager, from Stack Overflow will explain the advantages of creating a neurodiverse-friendly workplace and the tools they use on a day-to-day basis

Shanda Woods

Bridget Finkeldey

Shanda Woods (she/they) is a Certified Scrum Professional at Stack Overflow who spends their days being a people nerd and teaching the ways of Agile Methodologies by serving, coaching, and empowering collaborative teams to build complex and cool software in the EdTech space. Shanda holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas and enjoys teaching yoga, making music, and learning more about Native American ancestral skills. Shanda understands what it is like to work in the Tech industry as a coach and leader, and for over 15 years she has served as a teacher and mentor to others.


Bridget Finkeldey

Bella has been working in Community Management for 15 years. Starting her career with Myspace, Bella moderated the Religion and Philosophy areas, as well as the Arts and Literature forums until their close. She continued to manage multiple communities - both large and small - throughout her career. At Stack Overflow she enjoys working with such a vast community of experts, and takes her responsibility as Community Manager of Trust & Safety seriously, helping to ensure the platform continues to be a safe and welcoming space for all. As a passionate Trust & Safety professional, Bella believes online communities mold the real world around us, and are to be managed with care and respect.

Talks about: accessibility, hiring, neurodiversity

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