(March 31, 2014) – Companies such as SAP and Freddie Mac are utilizing the special abilities of individuals with autism in the workplace. It is estimated that 85% of adults with autism are currently unemployed or underemployed today in the United States. Among young adults between 21 and 26 years old, only 50% have ever had a paid job outside of their households. These companies that have seen success are now urging other companies nationwide to give adults with autism a shot.
The article highlights the story of one adult with autism in particular, 29-year-old Patrick Brophy. Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in multimedia systems. Last July, he was hired to work with SAP.
In the video above, WSJ Live talks to Shirley Wang and SAP Managing Director Liam Ryan to discuss the topic in more detail.