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FPA Launches Support Community for Neurodivergent Financial Planners

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What You Need to Know

  • The Neurodivergent Planner Knowledge Circle will explore the needs of planners with autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, dyslexia, Tourette syndrome and other learning variations.
  • Andrew Komarow leads the Knowledge Circle, which is made up of 15 online community groups, according to the announcement.
  • Planned discussions will focus on reframing employment, benefits and accommodations to best serve the needs of neurodivergent people.

The Financial Planning Association announced Wednesday the rollout of a new community specifically for neurodivergent financial planners.

Participants in the FPA Neurodivergent Planner Knowledge Circle will explore the needs of financial planners who may have thinking or learning variations, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome.

The Knowledge Circle will provide a community for those planners, for those who hire or supervise neurodiverse people and for those who serve them to share resources, insights and best practices.

“FPA is proud to embrace the wonderful diversity of our profession, which makes our community strong and vibrant,” Patrick Mahoney, the FPA’s chief executive, said in a statement. “I am pleased FPA is helping lead the way in supporting this underserved community of planners to advance the diversity of thought, talent, and new financial planning approaches in the profession.”

Andrew Komarow, a member of the FPA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, leads the Knowledge Circle, which is made up of 15 online community groups, according to the announcement. 

Planned discussions will focus on reframing employment, benefits and accommodations to best serve the needs of neurodivergent people. The community will explore additional educational initiatives and content in the coming months.

Participation in the Knowledge Circle is open to all FPA members, including those who may not identify as neurodivergent but want to learn about this community or how to support neurodivergent clients.