Unmasking Autism: Perspective on Hiring Practices and Bringing Whole Self to Work

11:20 – 12:20 PM

Session Description

Autism experts at the University of South Florida interview autistic professionals on their experience with the hiring process, including but not limited to: job descriptions, applications, interviewing, on-boarding/training, and management. A special focus will be placed on the concept of masking and what “bringing the whole self to work” means to neurodivergent individuals.


Attendees will:

  • Best practices in diversity & inclusion from neurodiverse perspectives.
  • Learn about and understand the concept of masking.
  • Greater understanding of the autistic, and overall neurodiverse, experience in the workplace.



Scott Fontechia

Scott Fontechia is a University of South Florida alumnus, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Currently, Scott works as an employment specialist at The Learning Academy at USF and provides a variety of employment-related services to adults on the autism spectrum. He has provided services to the autistic community across a range of ages and settings since 2010. The Learning Academy is a transition program and employment service vendor through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the sister program of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF). In addition to providing direct services to job-seekers, Scott also trains businesses and professionals on autism and other diversity topics, is an adviser to Learning Academy transition students, and is an invited speaker and presenter on autism-related topics.