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Businesses Discover Success by Hiring People with Autism – Factsheet

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Key Facts:

Fact 1:

You Will Benefit from Reduced Turnover
It costs employers 33% of a worker's annual salary to hire a replacement if that worker leaves, reported by Employee Benefits News.

Many people leave entry level positions or laborious repetitive tasks because they become bored or it requires constant focus. Many of those with autism prefer these kinds of positions. They don’t leave: they thrive. Turnover goes down and productivity goes up.

Fact 2:

An Autism Ready® Workplace involves 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.

–Dr. Rob D. Austin, Professor, IVEY Business School

Fact 3:

A Reservoir of Untapped Talent
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.

The talent is out there, and it extends beyond the tech or software industry. This workforce has been identified with such strengths as persistence, detail orientation, loyalty, appreciation of the job, and honesty. This ready, willing and able workforce can be an asset to a variety of companies.


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