Employers & Recruiters

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. 

Why should employers join Workplace Inclusion Now? 

  • 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.

Impact Sourcing in Action: Autism Empowerment Kit

Autism Speaks was proud to partner with Microsoft and others to produce the Autism Empowerment Kit in 2017. The kit provides employers with guidance, recommendations and resources for providing support and workplace accommodations to empower autistic employees throughout their employment lifecycle – from recruitment to training and career development. The Empowerment Kit is available for free download thanks to the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC), a forum of the world’s leading companies committed to incorporate and scale impact sourcing as a business strategy. 

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. 

Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success 

As part of a national funders' collaborative, Autism Speaks is proud to partner with the Workplace Initiative at the Poses Family Foundation. The Workplace Initiative helps companies recruit, hire and retain the largest untapped labor pool in the country – people with disabilities. This site offers all the tools and resources a business needs to embark on its inclusion journey. It includes facts and case studies to show how disability inclusion drives business value and a do-it-yourself guide that will take you from “how” to “hired” in seven clear steps. The Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success was published in 2017. 

Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization

This 7-step guide was developed by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), a free resource that is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Developed with input from a range of employers with exemplary track records in disability employment, Inclusion@Work outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them.

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