Why More Autism-Friendly Employers? * First, there is vastly increased awareness of autism in general. A huge increase in diagnoses (for whatever set of reasons) means that 1:68 Americans is autistic. * Second, the increase in diagnoses is, at least in part, the result of much broader diagnostic criteria for autism. Instead of including only severely disabled individuals, the autism spectrum now includes individuals with high intelligence and significant skills. * Third, there is an increasing need for workers with the skills, thought patterns, and work ethic that are common among people on the autism spectrum. Autistic adults are, in general, dependable, routinized, focused, detail-oriented, and passionate about their work. Many have outstanding technical and/or math skills. And quite a few are able to find unique solutions to problems that have eluded their more conventional colleagues. * Fourth, people with autism often prefer repetitive work and may not have a strong desire or need for novelty. This can be an asset in many jobs and can be hard to find within the general community. 1. MICROSOFT 2. SAP 3. FREDDIE MAC 4. FORD 5. ERNST AND YOUNG 6. WALGREENS 7. HOME DEPOT AND CVS 8. AMC 9. AUTISM FOCUSED BUSINESSES – Rising Tide Car Wash – ULTRA Testing – Platinum Bay Software – Chocolate Spectrum – Smile Biscotti
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