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Makena Hightower


About Me

Ideal Workplace Values


Carmichael, California, US

Open To

Full Time JobFreelance/Contract WorkFull Time Internship

Work Settings


Career Interests

EngineeringResearchComputer Science and ITLeadership & Management

Skills & Strengths

Neuroexceptional Talents

I have the ability to stay focused on the current project, often working without distraction until the project is complete. I am resolute regarding the decision I have made; one needs to provide truth and conviction to for me to change what I accept. Additionally, before I am able to move forward on any project, I double check my work, using different tests, to prevent running into future delays or road blocks that could have been averted. This system may cause me to complete projects at a slower pace, than most, but it also allows my work to be the one most reliable. Furthermore, should I be selected to make and give a presentation I make sure everything is in ready and I am well practiced several days before the date of the presentation, to account for possible technical glitches or necessary informational changes. In making the presentation I create the slide deck from an outline, which provides a logical flow of information through the presentation.

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Inclusion Essentials


Send Questions in AdvanceInterviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityAllowance of Fidgeting DevicesExtra timeAlternate Interview FormatWritten interview instructionsdaily check-insDaily RemindersCommunication PlanConcise instructionsTime to ask questions about instructions givenReceiving Information in AdvanceWritten InstructionsRecorded Tasks & MessagesExtra Time to Process New InformationFlexible scheduleextra time off for appointmentsshorter meetingsUninterrupted Work Timelarge white board and markersindividual workspace where I can make noiseroom to expend energyErgonomic SeatingNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual WorkspacesSelf-stimulation tools / gadgetJob CoachingEmployee Resource GroupSupport with Self-Advocacy

Sensory Sensitivities

Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright, blinking, or fluorescent lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)