Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. It is believed to have affected more than 70 million people around the world as of 2017.
In the past years, persons with Autism have managed to break all stereotypes regarding their disability and currently we have all over the world numerous success stories about employees and entrepreneurs with Autism.
Moreover, many studies have proved that the inclusion of persons with Autism, whether in the workplace or the marketplace, widely benefits businesses and societies.
In our FireSide Chat Event with Patricia Falcetta, the founder and director of Social Living Solutions, and creator of the Family Joy Model, we will explore Autism awareness in business; including: how to recruit and include employees with Autism, how to cultivate a supporting working environment, and how Entrepreneurs with Autism can establish and lead their own businesses.
So, mark your calendars for the 28th of April and get to explore with us the magnificent world of Autism in Business.
About the Speaker:
Patricia Falcetta is the founder and director of Social Living Solutions, and creator of the Family Joy Model. Through every aspect of her work, Patricia hopes to see fulfilment of her vision for a world where people with Autism and other neurodiversity are accepted, integrated, and recognised as valued members of society. Her aspiration is to remove prejudices and misconceptions around neurodiversity and replace ignorance with compassionate understanding.
Patricia is seen as the leading authority in Family Joy training. She has created a wholistic Family Joy Program to support families with neurodiverse children to relieve stress and anxiety, and create happiness, better family balance, and joy. The Family Joy Program will be published and available to families as a resource on the 19th of April 2021.
As a passionate advocate for neurodiverse people, Patricia helps families with neurodiverse children to live a joyful life free of discrimination and judgement.
Patricia is an active volunteer not only in her local community, but also internationally through the Global Goodwill Ambassadors network which serves others through humanitarian and charitable work.
Additionally, Patricia is an Ongoing Business Enablement Support (OBES) Consultant with Specialisterne.
Raise awareness about Autism in general, and Autism in Business specifically.
Remove prejudices and stereotypes regarding persons with Autism.
Learn how to integrate, include, and deal with persons with Autism in both: the workplace and the marketplace.
Learn how to recruit employees with Autism.
Learn how as Entrepreneurs with Autism, you can establish and lead your own business.
Social Living Solutions
CEO & Founder
I have 2 boys who are neurodiverse, and having gone through many struggles with them, it prompted me to create Social Living Solutions. I wanted to provide parents with understanding and practical support, and to just know that there is someone working in this area that just “gets it.” This is one of the biggest compliments some of my clients with autism give me “you just get it”, “you understa…
Startup Grind New Cairo
Chapter DirectorSee Bio
Soha M. El Baklawy, has always been passionate about empowering women; no matter what she believed that "There is Nothing a Woman Can Not Do!". Therefore, she started investing in her professional career and working on her self-development. By the age of 30, she was the General Manager for their family business in Egypt (chain of pharmacies/ stock market accounts and a para-pharmaceutical company). She was managing more than 90 employees while supporting others to develop their career paths and working over her progress. The next step was taking MBA to grow her experience and knowledge in implementing new management styles. And since she is a risk-taker by nature, she chose a very fresh and global business trend topic for her dissertation of the graduation project, Which was "Strategic Alliance and Why it Fails?" to simplify (Strategic Alliance is a type of Business Collaboration). Afterward, she took a Change Management course, in which she has learned the importance of adapting to CHANGE as well as adopting new perspectives, currently studying DBA through John Sulston business school. Consequently, she got Nominated in Egycham 6th annual conference as 1 of the top 5 success stories owing to the fact that she was working almost entirely "out of the box".
By January 2018, she wanted to start her own business, Since she was a general manager and is passionate about management development, she wanted to launch something related to the business field and yet something very unique, that would fill a Market GAP. The first idea was a Strategic Alliance Consultation Firm, but sadly this idea had not quenched her passion thirst just yet. Then a spark lit in her head that she always loved the idea of supporting and empowering women. And there you have it, she thought of merging both which is implementing strategic alliance but on a different level not only based on her collaboration but also on the collaboration of a whole community of women. Supporting and empowering each other in the business field to share experience, solve problems, decrease risks, pool business resources, etc. And of course, her target is a global rather than a local community.
In less than 2 years after the company’s inception, She have received three awards of appreciation (2 national and 1 international) for Businessita’s active role in society empowering women in business.
Furthermore within 2 years of career shifting, She has joined some of the well reputed international women empowerment and startup associations such as Cherie Blair Foundation, FiveOne Labs, Village Capital and FasterCapital (a venture based in Dubai) as a business mentor.
Subsequently, and most proudly she has been offered an exceptional opportunity of joining The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) board as a media VP. Being the youngest and the only board member from the Middle East region, due to my outstanding achievements and character.
Finally she became a Startup Grind Chapter Director for New Cairo