The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one percent of the global population has autism spectrum disorder. And while events like Autism Awareness Month have raised the disorder’s profile, a Drexel University study found that about 40 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. But some tech giants like SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are actively trying to hire employees with autism. In this hour, we’ll look how employers and employees can both benefit from closing the employment gap for those on the autistic spectrum.
Resources Mentioned on Air
Jose Velasco, head, SAP's Autism at Work program
Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services, Autism Speaks
Stephen Shore, autism advocate, author and consultant; professor, Adelphi University