Wendy F. Hensel, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgia State University, Joins ASTEP Board of Directors

ASTEP, a leader in promoting the inclusion of individuals with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles in competitive employment, is proud to announce the addition of Wendy F. Hensel, J.D. to its Board of Directors.

Hensel is a leading expert on disability discrimination and its implications in American law, education and employment. Currently, Hensel serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Georgia State University. She brings a wealth of professional experience to ASTEP, including a role at Alston & Bird, where she practiced labor and employment law, providing council for Fortune 500 companies on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and overseeing litigation around disability discrimination cases.

“Wendy will offer valuable insights into many of the complex legal aspects of ASTEP’s mission, including federal regulation compliance and risk management for our participating employers,” said Marcia Scheiner, Executive Director and Founder of ASTEP (Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership). “We’re grateful to have her on our Board of Directors, and excited to put her extensive knowledge base to work for our organization.”

Hensel graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School after receiving her B.A. in American Public Affairs from Michigan State University. Since then, she has published multiple academic articles exploring topics ranging from the intricacies of the ADA to the implications of school vouchers for special education. In addition to these laudable qualifications, Wendy is also the parent of a teenage son with Asperger’s.

“I deeply admire the work of ASTEP and I think there is a clear opportunity for me to add to the offerings of the organization,” said Hensel. “I hope to be a resource for both employers who seek ASTEP’s services and as an internal guide for the ASTEP team.”


Founded in 2010, ASTEP (Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides end-to-end solutions for Fortune 1000 companies interested in hiring and retaining employees with Asperger’s and similar autism profiles. What sets ASTEP apart from related recruitment firms is its focus on the employer side of the equation; ASTEP’s mission creates not only opportunities for individuals but also employer access to this underappreciated and underemployed workforce.

Contact: Callie Summers at 952.994.2523 (callie@ainsleyshea.com)


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