There are 5.4 million people within the U.S. on the autism spectrum. It is likely that you already know or are working with someone on the spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder is truly a spectrum and as a result, effective strategies for working with individuals may vary from person to person.
Benefits of Employing Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Growing and varied population
Advances in understanding and early support means that more young adults on the autism spectrum are completing college and seeking professional employment in a variety of fields.
Focus, reliability, honesty, and a preference for work over office politics. Tolerance for repetition and routine work tasks.
Attention to detail, accuracy, intense focus, and exceptional memory. Strong logic and analytic skills.
Support that helps individuals on the autism spectrum in their adjustment to the workplace (such as mentoring, direction communication, and regularly performance feedback) benefits all employees.
Diversity and Section 503 hiring
Employees on the autism spectrum add a valuable dimension of diversity to the workplace and can assist organizations in meeting diversity recruitment and Section 503 utilization goals.