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.
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:
- job identification & customization,
- universal hiring process,
- staff training & enlightenment talent,
- onboard new talent
- 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