Employers who hire individuals with autism (and other intellectual and developmental disabilities) may benefit from the unique skills and strengths that members of this community bring to the workforce.
Here are ten examples of why people with autism make great employees:
- People with autism, just like other individuals with and without disabilities, want to work and are dedicated to doing a good job.
- Those who have participated in vocational training programs have undergone extensive assessments and job training that have determined their skills and interests. Generally, these interests and skills match up with the job they are seeking.
- They have dedicated teams of people supporting them who will provide them – and their employers – with any assistance that is required.
- They are often extremely detail-oriented, a trait that can be a major asset in many jobs.
- With appropriate on-the-job support, they can learn to do a variety of tasks.
- They are genuinely interested in the people they work with and for. This can create a positive social climate in the workplace.
- They usually will stay at one job for longer periods of time than the typical worker.
- Hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is an important part of creating a diverse workplace – one that respects and values individuals from all walks of life.
- Successful work experiences help individuals with autism become more independent and better able to contribute to their communities. The unemployment rate of individuals with a disability is nearly 60% higher than the rate of individuals without a disability.
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are a significant part of our economy. They will be more likely to do business with companies that support diversity in their hiring practices.
“Improving employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) will result in a “win-win” situation,” says Margaret Walsh, M.A., BCBA, Clinical Director for the May Center for Adult Services. “It will benefit the business community by providing employers with access to a larger pool of capable, previously under-utilized employees. And it will benefit individuals with IDD by giving them an opportunity to use the skills they have mastered, earn a fair wage, and lead more independent and fulfilling lives.”
This content was provided by the National Autism Center at May Institute.