NEURODIVERSE HIRING PRACTICES Diversity and inclusion have always been at the forefront of the Eagles game day/event staff hiring and training efforts, with neurodiversity becoming even more of a priority in recent years. Brian Dea, Fan Experience Manager at the Eagles, says that the team has a long history of welcoming employees of all abilities. At Lincoln Financial Field, he employs a number of individuals who identify as being on the spectrum to assist with game days and special events. Hiring and training the game day/event staff is not as simple as just placing employees in jobs. Matching staff with roles where they will be the most successful is always top of mind. “This job means a lot to our staff who are on the spectrum” says Dea, “They can grow and become a part of the Eagles family”. The team’s neurodiversity efforts go beyond just hiring practices, with programs in place to properly train and support game day and event staff who are on the spectrum, as well as those who are not. One example is the peer mentoring program, where employees can be paired with job coaches and staff members to help navigate the electric environment of the Linc on game day. Employees who are not on the spectrum also receive training from Kulture City, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to support their colleagues and fans on the spectrum.
Employees enjoy the game day staff’s 2019 postseason party.
Brian Dea presented Tom Byrne with his Bronze Wings in recognition of his dedication.
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