Workplace Inclusion Now

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Autism Employment Connector Challenge

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 with HeroX 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. 

The Challenge is now closed to new submissions. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners later this spring!
 

Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN)!

 

Need help finding a job that's right for you? Or are you an employer looking to recruit dedicated and talented employees you may have never considered before? Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN)™ is Autism Speaks’ evidence-based employment system to build and support inclusive workplace culture through a comprehensive suite of resources. 

 

National data shows that most autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed, despite having the skill sets and expertise to excel in the workplace. Autism Speaks, together with our partners, aims to transform employment for those on the spectrum through Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN).

WIN brings together people (job seekers and employees with autism), employers and communities to increase employment opportunities for autistic employees and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. 

This integrated model aims to:

  • Address disparities in and obstacles to employment;  

  • Equip employers to hire and retain autistic workers; and  

  • Create workplace environments in which people with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental differences can be successful and supported in pursuing their own employment goals.  

Here’s how it works:  

  1. We equip job seekers, students and new employees with autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences (I/DD) with tools and resources to empower them in employment and leadership opportunities.  
  2. We activate employers to create welcoming workplaces by hiring people with autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences, and provide the resources and tools to create a welcoming culture in which all employees can thrive.  

  3. We engage communities to raise awareness and advocate for inclusion and equity for people with autism or other differences.  

These are the key components of WIN: 

  • An accessible, inclusive digital job-sourcing platform will connect job seekers to open roles and employers to candidates outside of traditional talent pools.  

  • Participating employers can offer a digital training series to promote a welcoming workplace culture that helps autistic employees, co-workers and support staff be a part of the business’s success.  

  • Pathways events, a series of in-person or remote workshops and thought leadership conferences, will empower communities with information and insights.  

  • Autistic employees at participating employers can receive one-on-one support from the Autism Response Team.  

  • Participating employers can receive direct consultation on how to most effectively recruit, hire and empower a more diverse and inclusive staff.  

Workplace Inclusion Now is part of Autism Speaks commitment to Delivering Jobs, an inclusion campaign with Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, to create 1 million pathways to employment and leadership opportunities by 2025.

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