Employment and Adults With Autism
With autism diagnoses at an all time high, concerns arise regarding the emploment of these individuals as adults. Thankfully, an increasing number of organizations are recognizing the value in employing these unique minds. Gregory Ruel.
Portland, Maine While autism presents a variety of challenges regarding school and childhood, adult years with autism can be even more stressful. Often, much of this concern revolves around housing and care for autistic adults. However, adults considered high functioning on the autism spectrum are often looking for ways to secure employment in an unforgiving job market.
Thankfully, there are an increasing number of articles coming out like this recent report from Global News. The Calgary-based article explains that 80 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed or under employed, but a new Calgary-based consulting business is hoping to change that. Indeed, many qualified and well educated job applicants with autism find it difficult to get through the interview process due to the social conventions of the process.
However, according to the article a company named Meticulon is looking to match 400 adults with autism with IT jobs over the next five years. This follows an ABC News article earlier this year about SAP, a German software company that sees a competitive advantage in employing adults on the spectrum. Indeed, there are many intelligent and capable adults with autism just waiting to contribute to the growth of a company. And it appears more and more companies are starting to recognize that value.
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