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“Welcome to Islip, the 3rd largest town in New York State, but with an endearing small town feel. We are so proud of our town…our beaches, golf courses, marinas, parks, housing opportunities for all, businesses, industrial parks, healthcare and educational institutions including our own Islip MacArthur Airport that provides many job opportunities. I sincerely hope you find this website helpful.” — Angie

Supervisor Carpenter at panel desk with Councilman O'Connor

April 19th, 2022 In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, the Town of Islip in collaboration with IgniteLI, hosted a panel discussion on the many benefits of hiring local talent on the autism spectrum, especially as many businesses are looking to hire.

Among the topics discussed was the current staffing shortage across all sectors. Now more than ever, employers in manufacturing, distribution and supply chain sectors are struggling to fill job vacancies. The panelists explained by rethinking hiring practices and diversifying the workforce to include neuro-diverse individuals within the hiring process, these shortages can be alleviated. The standing room only event was represented by this region’s private sector, non-profits, government agencies, public school districts, along with other strategic stakeholders.

“It is encouraging to see the growing interest among businesses to change old paradigms and move toward greater diversity in the workplace,” said Islip Supervisor, Angie Carpenter. “Workplaces that have moved in this direction have seen a drive toward increased innovation, return on investment and improved corporate culture. Diversity and welcoming practices have also been proven to positively impact retention, attendance and safety for all employees,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

Islip Town Councilman James P. O’Connor and Chairperson of the Town of Islip Disability Advisory Board, is also a parent of an autistic, non-verbal adult-aged son remarked, “during the pandemic, a large percentage of Essential Workers were people with disabilities. Sharing this, highlights their invaluable and reliable role in our economy to ensure continuity of services for the public, in order to keep Long Island running.” Councilman O’Connor continued, “This is what makes this event important; we are breaking down stereotypes and barriers for the neuro-diverse employee by making meaningful connections.

The panel discussion also highlighted vocational and employment training programs, payroll reimbursement and tax credit incentives for employers. Panelists included Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, along with representatives from Winters Center for Autism, NYS ACCES-VR, and Campolo, Middleton, & McCormick, LLP.

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