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Autism Speaks Midwest Employment Symposium: Saturday, March 12th


Northwestern University's Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Join us for this engaging event focused on bringing together individuals with autism, families, advocates, business leaders, entrepreneurs, adult service providers and state resources to share innovative approaches to addressing employment issues for adults with autism.

Get Inspired

  • Hear from a group of small businesses that are achieving success by harnessing the unique abilities of individuals with autism to create jobs opportunities for employment at every level. 
  • Meet a group of exceptional employees with autism who will share their stories about the jobs they love.

Get Involved

  • Be part of the judging for the Pitch Fest event. You’ll meet local entrepreneurs as they pitch their ideas for creating businesses to support employment opportunities for individuals with autism for a chance to win. Vote onsite and help pick the winner.  

Get Support

  • Network and connect with local advocates, families and service providers 
  • Get your questions answered and participate in Question and Answer forums throughout the program.
This action-packed event will include panel discussions, employee presentations, business competition, resource fair and audience Q&A. This event is free to all registered attendees. To join us, please complete the registration form below.

Event Details


  • 8:30 – 9:00        Doors Open / Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:15        Opening Remarks by Autism Speaks
  • 9:15 – 10:15      Panel Discussion and Q&A: Employment Innovation
  • 10:15 – 11:15    PitchFest
  • 11:15 – 11:30    Break / Audience Voting
  • 11:30 – 12:15    Self-Advocate Presentations and Q&A: Impact of Employment
  • 12:15 – 12:30    Pitch Fest Awards
  • 12:30  - 1:00      Closing Remarks / Resource Fair


 All individuals interested in attending the event must complete the registration form. Space is limited and attendance will be on a first come, first served basis. REGISTER NOW!

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This Symposium is part of the Midwest Small Business Accelerator (MSBA) Program, an Autism Speaks initiative created in partnership with AutonomyWorks and funded by a generous grant from our donors.

Special thanks to Northwestern University and the Nuerodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory and Speech, Language and Learning Clinic, for graciously hosting this event.