While autism acceptance is growing, many organizational practices still exclude autistic talent and rely on these stereotypes.
by Ludmila Praslova
“The majority of “neurodiversity at work” programs are focused on tech, and while this provides valuable opportunities to those who qualify, all autism hiring programs in major U.S. companies taken together employed fewer than 1,500 people in 2021. Making a dent in the 80-85% unemployment and underemployment rates of autistic college graduates will take much more than that. Doing away with typecasting and removing barriers to employment across various fields and types of organizations should help. As of right now, however, while neurodiversity-focused organizations like Specialisterne are working on recruiting for a wide range of roles, the most frequent “asks” from employers are often engineering or analyst-related positions, according to Diana Mirakaj-Finnerty, the head of U.S. operations.”
Read the full article in Fast Company here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90872761/things-people-get-wrong-autistic-talent