At Northwell Health, we strive to create a work environment that celebrates all of our team members and allows for a more inclusive conversation where everyone feels valued and respected.
In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Northwell’s N-Able BERG members (Business Employee Resource Groups) are working to host and spread awareness about a number of programs, courses and events being offered across the health system from ally ship and neurodiversity in the workplace, to working parent community support group sessions that provide a safe place for learning, healing and wellness.
“We wanted to take an opportunity during Autism Acceptance Month to spread awareness and support for our Northwell team members with autism, as well our team members with loved ones who have autism and understanding our community,” says Ines Vanboom, assistant vice president, Workforce Readiness and co-chair of the N-Able BERG. “This month not only allows our team members to educate themselves on this complex neurological disorder, but also provides more opportunities to connect with each other across the organization.”
The N-Able BERG was formed to advocate, educate and support a diverse workforce, while providing a safe environment for individuals with disabilities and for our team members with disabilities, so they can thrive within the organization. “The N-Able BERG has helped me gain a greater understanding, compassion and appreciation for individuals with a disability and in particular individuals who are neurodiverse. I had to step out of my comfort zone and be part of discussions where I am not a subject matter expert but that experience and learning about the community makes me a more well-rounded individual and ultimately a better Northwell team member.”
Learn more about Northwell Health’s BERGs and ways we support diversity and inclusion.