Employers & Recruiters

NEW! The Autism Employment Connector Challenge with HeroX

Increase accessibility for autistic job seekers to find employment and navigate the application process to connect with employers.

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Finding a job can be difficult for anyone. For those on the autism spectrum, finding a job can have its own unique challenges. While autistics have great talents and skills that employers desire, some autistic jobseekers struggle to communicate their abilities using the current networking and job posting platforms. Whether it be the general site interface or abstract language, traditional employment websites can be difficult for many with autism to navigate. 

Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Employment Connector Challenge to provide autistic job seekers with a solution to aid in the search and application process to potential employers. With the power of your big ideas, we can remove the barriers and tap into the strengths of this willing labor force. 

Enter to solve this challenge here!


Businesses around the world are recognizing the many strengths of adults with autism and their contributions to the workforce. Workplace Inclusion Now™ (WIN) is a collaboration of dozens of subject matter experts, business leaders, professionals with autism and members of the community. Together, we will increase employment opportunities and build workplaces where people with autism - and businesses - can thrive. 

Interested in learning more? Sign up here! 

Our Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN) progam is designed to help businesses that are interested in hiring autistic workers reap the benefits of creating an inclusive workplace. We also work with job-seekers and community service providers to connect them to resources to create meaningful job opportunities for autistic workers. 

We do this through:

  • Digital trainings for workers and businesses
  • Consulting on autism-friendly employment practices
  • Online and in-person Pathways to Employment events to connect businesses, workers and service providers in local markets

Why should employers join Workplace Inclusion Now? 

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  • Hiring people with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental differences isn’t just about “doing the right thing.” It’s good for business. The benefits are vast and meaningful: 

    • Welcoming workplaces drive innovation and ROI, and improve corporate culture.  

    • Inclusive workplaces improve retention (up to 98% reported by some Silicon Valley companies), attendance and safety.  

    • Diverse, welcoming, inclusive workplaces positively impact the bottom line.   

  • In the U.S. alone, hundreds of thousands of people on the spectrum are ready and willing to work but don’t have jobs or aren’t working to their full potential.   

  • Nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never held a paying job, and global estimates range as high as 85% un- or underemployment.    

  • These statistics are not driven by a lack of employable skills. They are driven by old paradigms and processes that don’t give people with autism the support they need to thrive in the workplace. 

By participating in WIN, companies can not only play a crucial role in building more inclusive communities; they can also see significant positive impact on their success as a business.  

Interested in learning more? Sign up here! 

Other tools and resources:

Autism @ Work Employer Playbook

The Autism @ Work Playbook is the product of a collaborative research project led by Dr. Hala Annabi, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School. To create this guide, the ACCESS-IT Research Group at the Information School studied the Autism @ Work programs of four leading employers: Microsoft, SAP, JPMorgan Chase and EY.

Webinar: Establishing an Effective Neurodiversity Employment Program: Legal Issues

We are thrilled that there is growing interest among businesses to explore how they can set up their own autism hiring initiatives. Companies are increasingly reaching out to Autism Speaks and others with questions about how to put together an effective program. In August 2018, we were proud to collaborate with legal experts from Duane Morris, LLPSAP and Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability to present this webinar that addresses legal topics. 

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