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Season 2
Episode #6

Neurodivergent Individuals and Training with Whitney Sukonick

Show Notes

In this episode we have a guest speaker, Whitney Luffman from the Autism Society of North Carolina. We will be discussing how we as learning professionals can help and support neurodivergent employees when designing and delivering training. We will also go over what type of support these individuals get through their early education, and how any of that support transfers over to their adult lives.

 

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Jeremy Brown

I went to a small private college in NC- they gave the most scholarships. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. There were no jobs near me, so I had 2 choices: High School keyboarding teacher or installing cable. Installing cable paid more, so…

I installed cable for 7 years. I wasn’t the best tech because I didn’t enjoy it. Being a tech is a long and thankless job, the work never stops, and you’re judged on how fast you move. That wasn’t for me.

I found something I was passionate about when I joined the training dept. I was a go-between for Field Ops and L&D. I took what field employees said, removed the expletives, and gave it to the L&D team. After awhile, I was promoted to an ID. Since then, I’ve developed training for front-end employees, with compliance training sprinkled in.

My podcast role: remember what it was like when I was a front-end employee, and to bring that experience as a SME, and my experience as an ID, to each topic.

Sarah Meyer

Sarah is a Project Manager for Lumious with 12+ years of experience in the field of L&D. Sarah’s background includes everything from instructional design to facilitation, which gives her a unique behind-the-scenes understanding of the development process.

Sarah’s superpower is making personal connections and bringing a bit of fun to every project she manages.

When she’s not busy “herding cats” on projects, you can find her enjoying life by the sea in beautiful and historic downtown Wilmington, NC, where she lives with her husband and 2 dogs.