Autism Headlines – Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace

There are more and more stories about autism popping up in thew news, especially at the conclusion of Autism Awareness month.  I enjoyed the article below, originally written by Yuki Noguchi for NPR.

As the population of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder keeps growing, so does the number of people with that diagnosis who aren’t finding employment.

Though many young adults on the spectrum are considered high functioning, recent research shows 40 percent don’t find work — a higher jobless rate than people with other developmental disabilities experience.

Research scientist Anne Roux, of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, studies young adults with autism and was the lead author of that study.

“When we learned that last year — that about 40 percent of people were never getting employment or continuing their education — we wondered, ‘Why is that, and what happens to them?’

…. ….

An estimated 50,000 people on the spectrum enter adulthood every year. Face-to-face job interviews can be a challenge for many, Long says, and some engage in repetitive behaviors, which can seem odd to the uninitiated.

But those idiosyncrasies sometimes mask hidden talents, she says — like intense focus, or a facility with numbers and patterns.


Full story here on NPR.


4 thoughts on “Autism Headlines – Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace”

  1. Great post! I can tell you from our family’s experience that finding employment that can allow someone to be financially self sufficient is no easy task. We have a lot of work to do making people in power understand the severity of this problem. Posts like yours help to educate others. Thank you for sharing. G-uno

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  2. I’m 36 and can’t work. The world is too loud and unpredictable for me to process. I forced myself to get a retail job @ 16, because I wanted to prove myself. I thought an office supply store would mean quiet and no children, but that wasn’t the case. I had a violent meltdown on the way to my 3rd day of work. I did well in the interview as it was quiet and I said I was fine with wearing a uniform. I worked from home @ 20, for a place that helps people with disabilities, but the rules changed after a year. Either come to the noisy, chaotic workshop or don’t work. I was employed at age 31 for the summer. I quit in early fall as I was lied to in regards to job security by my employer. I do some crafting from home-where I spend 90% of my life, mainly alone. I’m not complaining, but trying to paint a realistic picture of what life is like for me, one person on the spectrum.


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