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Neurodiversity at Dell

Dell’s True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG) is driving Dell to be a disability champion in both our workplace and community by empowering employees impacted with a disability, families who are faced with disabilities and friends of individuals impacted with disabilities.

At Dell, we create technologies that drive human progress. In that spirit, Dell’s Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG), True Ability, has embarked on a groundbreaking Neurodiversity program for employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Neurodiversity refers to the variety of cognitive, neurological, and psychological differences that exist in all people. Recognizing the pool of untapped talent that exists in individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), True Ability has brought together internal stakeholders and “best in class” outside partners to achieve a simple goal: to identify, hire and develop employees with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 

The plan hasn’t simply been to hire a handful of new employees and move on. Dell’s vision is to develop a sustainable neurodivergent employment program that leverages each individual’s unique ability to contribute rather than overlook anyone due to their perceived limitations.

 

As such, Dell’s Neurodiversity Initiative launched its pilot program with the aim of hiring as many as three to five individuals in Massachusetts, then expanding to hire up to three to five more individuals in central Texas with the goal of continually growing the program each year while incorporating learnings along the way. Regional True Ability Chapters across the globe are also in early phases of establishing similar programs while leveraging best practices.

 

Dell’s Neurodiversity Initiative was developed through a partnership between Dell and Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA). Located in Franklin, Massachusetts, HMEA serves 4,000 children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. According to Michael Moloney, CEO at HMEA, “Dell’s Neurodiversity employment initiative shifts the paradigm from autism as a deficit, to an understanding that autism may actually be an advantage in the workplace.”

 

The Neurodiversity Initiative works to remove barriers that prevent those with ASD from finding meaningful employment and succeeding in their roles at Dell. Recognizing the unique issues associated with ASD individuals, the Neurodiversity Initiative redesigned the interview process to lessen its social components and conceptualized a new, nontraditional model to assess job skills and capabilities. The program kicked off in Massachusetts this past May, and the feedback has been outstanding.

Autism Awareness at Dell

Dell Autism Hiring Program

Individuals on the autism spectrum are 80-90% underemployed. By innovating new ways of hiring, Dell has been able to realize the positive business impact this untapped talent can bring to the company.

CJ on the Dell Autism Hiring Program

Meet Charles "CJ" Surett, who joined us through the Dell Autism Hiring Program last year! We’re expanding this year and looking for participants in both Texas and Massachusetts.

AJ on the Dell Autism Hiring Program

Meet Anthony "AJ" Tamburri, who joined us through the Dell Autism Hiring Program last year! We’re expanding this year and looking for participants in both Texas and Massachusetts.

Seth on the Dell Autism Hiring Program

Meet Seth Hoyt, who joined us through the Dell Autism Hiring Program last year! We’re expanding this year and looking for participants in both Texas and Massachusetts.

“As co-chair for the True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG), I am personally thrilled and extremely optimistic about the potential for our neurodiversity program. I have great confidence that this talent pipeline will help us differentiate and win in the marketplace because of the new ideas and diverse perspectives that will foster innovation and problem solving. This program is also central to our values of being an inclusive organization that appreciates diversity and wins together. With our inspired and willing leaders and teams, this is going to be a great success.”

Patrick Poljan
Senior Vice President

CAE for Global Audit and Transformation and Co-Chair for True Ability