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Clarissa Hinshaw


Work Preferences


Open to roles

InternshipCo-opShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

Being neurodiverse (autistic) has made made me more detailed and thorough in my work. It has also increased my critical thinking ability in evaluation and provided a different perspective that most neurotypical people don't think of. It has also helped me to fight for diversity in representation and support for marginalized groups. Here are some examples from my service in AmeriCorps: 1) While serving with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I took the initiative to launch a specialty program matching LGBTQ+ youth with affirming adult mentors. 2) During my time with TRACEs Central Oregon, I coordinated with my supervisor to make events more vegan friendly by sourcing and providing some plant-based options. 3) When serving at Up2Us Sports, I spoke up about my experience of being picked last and ostracized from sports activities in physical education and encouraged them to think about how to make their programs more inclusive for children with disabilities.

Top 5 Soft Skills

ConsistencyStrategic ThinkingReliabilityCritical ThinkingAttention to Detail

Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceInterviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityExtra TimeAlternate Interview FormatWritten interview instructionsCommunication PlanWritten ChecklistsReceiving Information in AdvanceWritten InstructionsExtra Time to Process New InformationChunking Large Amounts of ContentFlexible ScheduleUninterrupted Work TimeNoise-cancelling HeadphonesJob CoachingTherapySupport with Self-Advocacy

Environments I'm comfortable with

Standing for long periods
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)


Check out my work

Research Autism article
Academic research publication

Education and Credentials

Attended for 4 years from 2013 to 2017

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor's degree - Psychology