Steve Andrews

Autism Advocate, Speaker, and Author

Steve is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Bay Technologies, a software products and services company designed from the ground up to successfully employ Autistic adults in software engineering careers at market salary and benefits. Steve is a successful software engineer with over seventeen years of experience and is a four-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient. Steve is a frequent speaker at over 130 events across North America and engages diverse audiences including families and individuals, educators, technology professional, and business leadership. After discovering his own Autism at the age of 33, Steve dedicated his life to creating

Understanding, Acceptance, Inclusion, and Opportunity

for Autistic individuals everywhere.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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Past Speaking Engagements

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Since September 2007, Steve has led 184 sessions on 78 unique talks
at 150 events in 88 cities across 33 states and provinces in North America.

 
 
 

Testimonials

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Popular Presentations

Realizing the Benefits of Autistic Inclusion in the Workplace

Audience: Business Leaders

In the United States today, workers classified as Autistic can face upwards of 80-90% unemployment or underemployment. Yet numerous corporate case studies have shown tremendous untapped abilities and strengths among this community. Strengths we need in our workplaces, especially in the tech sector. From Walgreens to SAP to Microsoft, we will explore the unique challenges and benefits of inclusion in the workplace, perhaps in untraditional ways. There are 4.7 million Autistic individuals in the United States, and they can change the way we do business.

What Neurodiversity is Teaching Me About Leadership

Audience: Anyone

Since starting my entrepreneurship journey, I have become fascinated with leadership principles and practices. What is it that makes some people effective leaders, and others terrible managers? Along the way, I’ve read countless books, articles online, and talked with numerous leaders and gleaned valuable insights. But the greatest leadership lessons have come from my work with the Autism community itself. Numerous corporate case studies show tremendous untapped abilities and talents among the Autism population, yet many still face significant barriers to employment in the traditional workplace. In this talk, Steve will share valuable leadership lessons he’s learned while building an inclusive, Autism-friendly company. There are millions of Autistic people in the United States who can change the way we do business. And they will make us better leaders along the way.

What Neurodiversity is Teaching Me About Software Experience Design

Audience: Software Developers

The experience of our applications is often not the first thing a development team thinks about, choosing to largely mirror the underlying complexity of the business domain. The human beings using our applications though would rather have a feature-limited and easy-to-use application than a fully-featured hard-to-use application. Those who fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, et. al) perceive and interact with the world differently, and traditionally challenged software experience can be even more challenging. Our job as software developers is to make the software as simple as possible, even if we have to do considerably more work. That is what makes great software. In this session we will explore software experience from a neurodiversity perspective, and discover ways we can make software more palatable for everyone.

Software Tools for Managing Executive Function Challenges

Audience: Anyone

One of the common challenges across the neurodiversity umbrella, including Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, is executive function. Skills like time management, organizational, prioritization, context switching, and working memory all can be challenging. In this talk, Steve explores software tools to help manage executive function challenges, helping you become more productive and get more done.

Unleashing Autistic Potential in the Classroom and Beyond

Audience: Education (K-Graduate)

Discovering his Autism at the age of 33, Steve finally found answers to a lifetime of questions and justification for a lifetime of engagements. Becoming his own special interest, he set out on a path of learning and discovery of everything Autism. From classroom structure to special interests to communication, we will explore the unique challenges and strengths of Autistic individuals in the classroom. Through telling his story, Steve will share fresh and valuable insights as well as practical advice to help you engage Autistic students to reach their potential, sometimes in untraditional ways.

Autism Evaluation and Therapy Through a Different Lens

Audience: Clinical, Therapeutic

Discovering his Autism at the age of 33, Steve finally found answers to a lifetime of questions and justification for a lifetime of experiences. Becoming his own special interest, he set out on a path of learning and discovery of everything Autism. From sensory issues to special interests to communication and social interaction, we will explore the unique challenges and strengths of Autistic individuals. Through telling his story, Steve will share fresh and valuable insights as well as practical advice to help you engage Autistic clients to reach their potential.

What They Never Told You About Autism: Understanding the Neurodiversity Model

Audience: Families and Individuals

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Tools and Supports to Help Autistic Young People Successfully Transition

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Academic, Parents, Clinical

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Effectively Managing Autistic Employees

Audience: Corporate, Managers, HR

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms

Audience: Education (K-Graduate)

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Pictures

Steve speaks about entrepreneurship and neurodiversity at the Coast Mesa Microsoft Store
Steve smiling as part of a panel discussion on Autism
Steve talks to attendees at 1 Million Cups Irvine about Autism
Steve presents to Microsoft Partners at IAMCP SoCal in Irvine
Steve presents to Microsoft Partners at IAMCP SoCal in Irvine
Steve presents to Microsoft Partners at IAMCP SoCal in Irvine
Steve works at his laptop
Steve presents to attendees at Utah Code Camp
Steve with members of Life College OC
Steve talks to attendees at an Autism resource fair
Steve jumps on a trampoline after speaking to enterpreneurship students at UC Irvine

Publications and Media

Community

Chapman University

Thompson Policy Institute
2016 - Present
Regional Business Advisory Committee
Subcommittees Member
Research & Business Survey
Corporate Job Development
Stakeholder & Staff Training

Orange County Transition Initiative
Business Partner

Life College OC

at Irvine Valley College
2016 - Present
Steve consults with Life College on transition and life readiness for Autistic young people including technical skills training initiatives.

KultureCity Speaker's Bureau

United States
2017 - Present
Founding Member

OC Adult Transition Task Force

Orange County, CA
2016 - Present
Business Partner

Get in Touch

I enjoy connecting with others in the Autism community - parents, educators, businesses, therapists, and especially other Autism advocates and individuals.

I can be booked for:

  • Conference and Event Speaking
  • Business Consulting and Training
  • Education Consulting and Training
  • Family and Individual Coaching
  • Community-Based Collaboration

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