The Job Market Begins to Look Promising for Adults with Autism
Autism is no more a lifelong stigma. Previously, a diagnosis and proof of existence of autism resulted in exclusion – even seclusion, of the autistic individual for a lifetime. It really used to complicate things, with special schooling, a separation from usual peers, and prolonged therapies that delivered fewer promises to get the autistic person fully integrated into society.
It’s good that those old prejudices are flaking away. While it’s taking time, it’s a good move nevertheless.
BBC observed that autism advocacy and support groups have been on the rise among businesses over the last few years. They have begun reaching out to autistic people and recruiting them as employees. Towers Watson, a consulting firm, refers to an expanding pilot program. This encouraged more employers to see the potential benefits of hiring autistics. One recent example was Microsoft’s recruitment drive to hire employees with Autism.
Benefits, are they? Yes, autism offers the ability to concentrate for long periods of time, perform repetitive tasks without monotony, and to retain large amounts of information. There also stays a distinct penchant for detecting patterns. Strong mathematical and coding skills are also favoured by autism. Remember “Geeks”? These skills make them effective with certain tasks.
This BBC report stresses the importance of recognizing that autistics come with different personalities and preferences, and so does the special aptitude for a certain type of job. That job might be in the military as well, for the Israeli army now has developed a special unit for autistic recruits. As for economists, they are very much interested in the possibilities of a safe, sound, and more comfortable neuro-diverse future.