Despite many positive changes, underemployment remains high among adults on the autism spectrum. According to the National Autism Indicators report, only 14% of adults with autism had paid jobs within their community. A major reason why employers are so skeptical to hire those on the autism spectrum is because they’re unaware of the many benefits of neurodiversity.
A Highly Skilled Employee Group
Though these are not universal character traits, it’s true that many people on the autism spectrum:
- Have high levels of concentration and focus.
- Are very honest and dependable.
- Pay close attention to detail.
- Have an excellent memory.
Why People on the Autism Spectrum Make Exceptional Employees
- With 1 in 68 people alive today diagnosed with autism, this is a highly underappreciated candidate pool. Each year, millions of people with autism enter the job market, with the hopes of furthering their professional lives and improving the economy.
- Studies show that companies who hire people with varying abilities and strengths are more likely to be successful.
- People with autism have been known to improve the company culture and contribute new and unique ideas.
- Because people with autism tend to prefer more repetitive work, they may enjoy doing the work other employees avoid.
Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies has many services waiting for you. From time management and productivity workshops to individual coaching, she is an expert in her field. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. Call (516) 510-7637 for your one on one.