There are many challenging things about 2020, but participating in the Eagles Autism Challenge and SAP’s Autism at Work Symposium for the third year in a row was not one of them. Although virtual, this year’s event did not disappoint. Most notably, Mike Giongo, Sales Operations Specialist and Autism at Work member, hosted a fireside chat with Ross Schwartz, Onboarding Specialist and Vertex Inc. Autism Inclusion Program team member, where they discussed the unique challenges and opportunities this new normal has positioned for them as employees on the autism spectrum.
On September 26, team SAP participated in the Eagles Autism Challenge, raising more $15,000 and bringing the three-year fundraising total to nearly $50,000 – all going toward funding autism research. I am immensely proud of this feat.
Because the challenge was virtual this year, we had national participants from California and Chicago, as well as from all over the Philadelphia area.
On October 9, in association with the challenge, SAP and the Philadelphia Eagles joined forces again to host the annual Autism at Work Symposium virtually. The event had incredible turnout, with more than 100 people from over 40 different companies in attendance.