The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin

Creating Career Success While Caring for a Neurodivergent Child with Amanda Lawrence

October 18, 2022 Jill Griffin Season 1 Episode 87
The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin
Creating Career Success While Caring for a Neurodivergent Child with Amanda Lawrence
Show Notes

Amanda Lawrence is an Assistant Vice President, Team Lead & Claims Advocate for Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., Construction Services Group. A positive mindset, seeking mutual wins, and a lot of gumption are some attributes that have created tremendous success for Amanda over 26 years in Claims Handling, Management, and Account & Broker Services while being a full-time caretaker to a neurodivergent child. Amanda has worked passionately to advocate for inclusivity of the special needs community and support for neurotypical siblings who truly are the unsung heroes of the family. 

In this episode, we discuss: 

  • How Amanda uses music to help her process her emotions
  • How she leverages her analytical skills of observation and relating to others to build rewarding relationships 
  • How she uses humor as the key to connecting with others
  • Why Amanda chose to disclose to her company the circumstances of her developmentally disabled child
  • Why she teamed up with the other parents of her school district to advocate for the needs of their developmentally disabled children and ultimately created systemic change
  • How colleagues and leadership can help support employees with neurodivergent family members

Show Guest: Amanda Lawrence on LinkedIn 

Charities she supports

Lifes Worc and the Family Center for Autism 

Hance Family Foundation honors the lives of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance by providing unique self-esteem programs and social-emotional learning

Mentioned on the show: 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will take roughly $240,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. For a special needs child, those expenses can quadruple.

Show notes: 

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