What strategies are companies using to recruit employees with autism spectrum disorder?

A large portion of individuals with ASD are unemployed although many of them are capable of working. Students with ASD often find it difficult to communicate in a traditional interview format. Some companies, both in the US and abroad, have enacted programs to specifically recruit employees with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Examples of these recruitment efforts and programs include:

  • Microsoft has launched a program to hire individuals with ASD. Through the program, candidates go through workshop and have access to job coaches.
  • SAP’s Autism at Work program recruits employees with ASD and works to ensure they have multiple sources of support.
  • In the UK, the analytics company SAS offers work experience with ASD. SAS supports interns and employees with ASD by training existing employees, adjusting the interview process, and providing written instructions to interns.
  • In Australia, Hewlett Packard’s Dandelion program includes an extended interview process, coaching on life skills, and training for hiring managers.

For more information on ASD consult the Knowledge Base articles, What is Asperger's Disorder? and What is Autism?