GettingHired: Why Your Business Should Employ Individuals with Autism
Diversity-focused hiring programs are increasingly helping companies to widen their search when hiring new talent. This includes hiring individuals with autism.
Figures published by the CDC show that as many as one in 68 school-aged children can be identified on the autism spectrum. Overall, 50,000 teenagers with autism leave school each year, and there are now approximately 2.5 million adults with autism living in the U.S.
However, under-representation in the workforce is now endemic for this group; global underemployment and unemployment for individuals with autism is up to 90 percent - a situation that has remained unchanged for decades. Knowing these statistics, businesses looking to expand their diversity-focused initiatives now have an opportunity to create progressive hiring strategies to help facilitate change.
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