Northwell Employee No Longer Shies Away From His Autism

Sean Culkin is a laboratory coordinator for clinical research at Northwell’s Monter Cancer Center.

Sean Culkin tried to ignore his autism for as long as possible. Diagnosed at 2 years old, it wasn’t until Culkin started college that he realized he had to face many of the symptoms from autism that he had never fully addressed.

“The beginning of my college career was a low stage in my life,” said Culkin. “I didn’t want any support systems at school because I wasn’t comfortable with being autistic and I wasn’t comfortable with people knowing that I had it.”

Now Culkin, a research coordinator at Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success, speaks publicly about coming to terms with autism. He addressed an audience on April 1, the start of World Autism Awareness Month, at the “Not Defined by Autism” event hosted by the N-Able Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens.

“I want to be able to help people so they aren’t ashamed of autism,” Culkin said. “So people don’t have to hide from it.”

Culkin began working at Northwell as an intern through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program for students with a spectrum disorder. He was able to provide structure for himself through the school’s resource programs, but his biggest concern was transitioning from college into the workforce. After completing a successful two-month internship at Northwell Health, he was offered full-time employment at Monter, where he has spent the past two years.

“Northwell Health’s inclusion internship recognizes the skills and strengths that these students bring. They just need the opportunity,” said Cheryl Davidson, senior director, Workforce Readiness.

“Sean is an inspiration because he’s going out to the public and telling people, there’s hope for you, there are opportunities for you, there are services for you,” added Carmine DeSena, director of psychiatric rehabilitation, at Zucker Hillside. “It’s the goal of really connecting to people and knowing where to enter a doorway for services.”

—Submitted by Northwell Health

Anton Media Staff
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