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Kayla Rodriguez (She/her)

Resumé

Currently living in

Buford, Georgia, US

Work Preferences

RemoteHybrid

Open to roles

InternshipShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

About Me

#ActuallyAutistic#AutismAcceptance

I am an autistic self-advocate who loves to write!

Ideal Workplace Values

I can thrive in a work community who accommodates and accepts me. Where we all work together to help autistic and disabled people. Also an environment where we can help each other.


Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I found out about autism and disability advocacy through the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Now I'm a Board Member for the Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network (AWN) since last October. Also, I always loved writing and people have told me that I'm a great writer. I want to continue doing both. I won the Golden Goal Goldie Award for Young Community Advocate and the Bobby Dodd Institute Empowers Luminaries Award.

Top 5 Soft Skills

Creativity

Inclusion Essentials

Environments I'm comfortable with

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

I would to work part time from 10 am or 11 am to 4 pm and I need breaks.

Experience

Check out my work

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Being PuertoRican and Autistic
Working since Sep 2020

Board Director - Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network

● Currently serves on the Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network’s governing board of directors ● Currently the Committee Chair for Divergent, an initiative to challenge the way white-feminism has left out disabled people of color from modern feminist movements

Worked for 1 months from Jun 2020 to Jun 2020

Book Chapter Author - Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network

● Contributed a chapter titled Safe Havens in a Difficult World to the book titled Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

Worked for 8 months from Mar 2020 to Nov 2020

Research Participant - Shepherd Center

● Participated in accessibility based research studies led by the Shepherd Center, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, and technology companies (such as Microsoft) ● Provided feedback to researchers on ways to improve their products, services, or studies ● Received gift cards for study involvement

Worked for 5 months from Oct 2019 to Mar 2020

Intern - Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

I helped with social media promotion and wrote blogs. I also helped with Advocacy Days.

Worked for 1 years, 7 months from Mar 2019 to Oct 2020

Vice President and Chief Ambassador - Autistic Self Advocacy Atlanta

● Provided counsel on strategic and leadership decisions to fulfill the mission of the organization ● Provided leadership and strategic decision making for Atlanta’s affiliate group of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network ● Curated and developed panels related to topics that affect individuals with autism and their families ● Promoted the organization through social media, in-person networking, and Autism related events ● Participated in monthly leadership calls with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network ● Planned and organized the 2020 Disability Day of Mourning

Working since Nov 2018

Co-Creator - Emory PCORI Young Women on the Autism Spectrum Group

● Founded support group in conjunction with Emory professor, Dr. Susan Brasher, for women on the autism spectrum ● Collaborate with Dr. Brasher to develop agendas and topics for group discussion ● Moderate conversations and acclimate new members to the group

Worked for 2 years, 5 months from Jan 2017 to May 2019

Co-Founder - The Spectrum Codes

● Created a group for people on the autism spectrum, who were interested in learning about and entering the tech field ● Organized meetings and expanded the network by soliciting new members for the organization

Education and Credentials

Attending since null

High school (or GED)