EY's Chicago Office Hires Often Overlooked 'Neurodiverse' Workers

Adults With Autism Thrive At EY’s Neurodiversity Program In Chicago
(From left to right) Justin Pierce, Ian Nancarrow, Christopher Easton — associates at EY's Neurodiversity Center of Excellence in Chicago — and Hiren Shukla, EY's neurodiversity program leader. EY
Adults With Autism Thrive At EY’s Neurodiversity Program In Chicago
(From left to right) Justin Pierce, Ian Nancarrow, Christopher Easton — associates at EY's Neurodiversity Center of Excellence in Chicago — and Hiren Shukla, EY's neurodiversity program leader. EY

EY's Chicago Office Hires Often Overlooked 'Neurodiverse' Workers

Fewer than one in six adults with autism has full-time employment, and only a third of them are in some kind of paid work. 

Here in Chicago, a new program is trying to change that by tapping into the talent of adults with autism. The Neurodiversity Center of Excellence launched in January at the Chicago office of EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young.

The center is the latest addition to EY’s growing neurodiversity program, which employs 60 people in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and San Jose. The program in Chicago has 15 associates, and most of them moved out of state for the position. 

Morning Shift checks in with EY's Neurodiversity Center of Excellence in Chicago.

Ian Nancarrow, 31, of West Bloomfield, Mich.

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Justin Pierce, 31, of Traverse City, Mich.

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Christopher Easton, 23, of Athens, Ga.

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GUESTS: Hiren Shukla, program leader of EY’s Neurodiversity Center of Excellence

Ian Nancarrow, associate at EY’s Neurodiversity Center of Excellence in Chicago

LEARN MORE: How Neurodiversity Is Driving Innovation From Unexpected Places (EY 5/10/19)