Jobs. We each expect to find a job when we are adults. Some people know exactly what they
want to do for a job. Many people try different jobs to find one that fits. For my son with
Autism Spectrum Disorder, (or Autism), a job is more like a hope or idea. He is now an adult.
He has skills that would be useful in different work places. The challenge is to find a work
place that will even let him try to work.
Is he the only person with Autism who is not able to find a job? I wanted to find out. So, here
is what I learned about employment or jobs, for people with Autism. There are not a lot of
data on this topic. Data are collected for people with disabilities. But data are not often sorted by diagnosis.
This chart shows what I did learn about jobs for young adults with Autism. The chart shows
the employment rates for young adults who
have ever worked after high school. It specifies
rates by category. The rates are learning
disability, 95%, Speech/language impairment,
91%, Emotional disturbance, 91%, Intellectual
Disability, 74% and Autism, 58%. It confirms
that my son is not alone in being unemployed.
There are companies looking to hire. Dell EMC in Central Massachusetts is
one of them. According to an article in the Worcester Business Journal on May
15, 2017, Dell EMC will have a hiring program. This hiring program will work to bring more
people with Autism into the company. They want to hire people with Autism for their skills.
It is good to read about a company that wants to hire people with Autism. This company needs
very specific skills. We will keep working on developing my son’s skills that might be useful in
future jobs. We will talk with our friends and families about hiring people with Autism. We
hope that there is a work place that will welcome our son in the future.
There is an article that summarizes the existing research about hiring an adult with Autism. (1.)
This article surveyed all the published articles that considered the costs and benefits to society,
to the person with Autism and to the employer. The first finding is that there is not enough
research being done on the costs and benefits to employers. It did find some results showing
that it costs society less to have people with Autism employed rather than not employed.
There are indications that people with Autism are happier and busier if they have jobs. The
hope is that more research will be done in the future. This research may show that it is not too
costly to employ people with Autism. Then, maybe more companies would be willing to
interview, train and hire people with Autism. It would make the hope or dream of a job,
become a real job for my son and his peers.
- The Costs and Benefits of Employing an Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
Andrew Jacob, Melissa Scott, Marita Falkmer, Torbjörn Falkmer
PLoS One. 2015; 10(10): e0139896. Published online 2015 Oct 7. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139896
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