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Autism in the Workforce – Factsheet

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Key Facts:

Fact 1:

About 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Fact 2:

Nearly 42% of young adults on the autism spectrum never worked for pay during their early 20s.

Fact 3:

More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed. Over the next decade, an estimated 707,000 to 1,116,000 teens (70,700 to 111,600 each year) will enter adulthood.

Fact 4:

An “autism ready®” workplace means more than adjustments to lighting or sound. Businesses need to establish systematic protocols to hire, train and retain a diverse workforce. The Autism Workforce model involves this Autism Ready protocol:

  1. job identification & customization,
  2. universal hiring process,
  3. staff training & enlightenment talent,
  4. onboard new talent
  5. management coaching & employee reviews.

This creates a culture that balances the business’ needs with greater patience and flexibility.

The approaches and techniques developed by the Autism Workforce team have the potential to positively impact a much larger and broader population of neurodiverse individuals. In this work lies the possibility of moving from thousands to millions of neurodiverse employees.

–Rob D. Austin, Professor, IVEY Business School

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