Here’s an article about the company Auticon, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business. All of Auticon’s consultants are autistic.
Founded in Germany a few years back by former software developer, Dirk Müller-Remus who has a son with Aspergers, Müller-Remus was appalled by the dismal opportunities available to autistic adults seeking meaningful work.
As a result, Auticon was born, which currently employs 15 autistic IT consultants.
Ray Coyle, CEO of Auticon’s British offshoot, is a former lawyer and IT specialist who had this to say about the benefits of employing autistic people.
“We’ve got to be really careful with the language we use: we don’t want to give people the impression that all autistic people are IT geniuses, or that there are not neurotypical people who can do all of these things,” he says. “But in the right role, and with the right support, an autistic person will significantly outperform a neurotypical person doing the same job. We have lots of evidence to back that up.”
Coyle goes on to share this about neurodiversity, “If you’ve got a team of people on a project, and they’re all neurotypical, and your project encounters a problem, the chances are that those 20 people will all come up with the same kind of answer. Bring in someone with a totally different cognitive process and a completely different perspective, and they’ll come up with something different. And that’s invaluable.”
These quotes are just a few highlights. The article goes on to share some of the disheartening statistics about the tiny amount of autistic adults in career oriented jobs.
AutismHR.com supports these sorts of efforts and wants to contribute by providing information an tutorials about how autistic adults can use the Gig Economy as an an alternative to, and/or a springboard toward, landing traditional full-time employment.
In Fort Myers, FL, a Lee County group is trying to address the issue of autistic individuals finding and securing meaningful employment.
The story interviews two young adults with autism who work, but it outlines the differences in their path to find work vs. others.
One individual is working only part-time and about to attend college. He hopes to find full-time work after his studies.
You can read the full story and watch the ABC channel 7 broadcast video by following the button/link below.
My Autism Connection Inc. is a resource named in the story that may be worth your time to check out.
The Fly Brave organization is building autism employment training for individuals based on their interests.
Started by a parent of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, Sacramento mother, Vanessa Bieker, is building a future for her son and others like him.
Here's an article about a Marvel-backed VFX company that has been teaching VFX skills to adult students with autism.
Not only are autistic characters being written into more mainstream TV shows and movies, but those behind the scenes helping to create those shows and films are increasingly skilled creatives on the autism spectrum.
The Socialable website, posted this article about technology companies seem to be falling behind in employing individuals with various categorized differences.
One aspect the article talks about is individuals with different abilities taking matters of employment into their own hands by becoming entrepreneurs, which lines up well with AutismHR's approach to helping skilled autistic individuals on a path toward meaningful income.
The following article on Healthline.com talks about autism being portrayed more in TV and film these days, and how that is having a potentially positive affect on mainstream awareness and acceptance of autism and neurodiversity throughout society, including the workplace.
There are arguments about how various TV shows and films depict autistic individuals and/or whether or not autistic screenwriters and actors are utilized or consulted to ensure accurate portrayal of the wide spectrum that is autism.
However, the fact that such shows/films are sparking more conversation among "neurotypicals" I believe is a starting point from which to drive positive change.
Nick Venturella, owner AutismHR.com
I'm a big fan of the graphics web application, Canva. As a creative professional myself, I use it everyday. The best part is, it's free!
Here on AutismHR we have a tutorial for autistic graphic designers looking to get started on Fiverr offering freelance web banner designs as a service. I bring up Canva today for those individuals.
Canva has an online marketplace where users can gain access to tons of graphic design templates to help jump start just about any design project including, web banners and social media banners/cover images.
If you're designing web banners, especially for social media platforms, check out these social media graphics templates for free from Canva.
Posted by: Nick Venturella, owner of AutismHR.com
On The Art of Autism website, Ron Sandison interviewed Angela Felice Mahoney, a life skills special education teacher at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, CT who has been designing a curriculum I Can Work to help autistic students learn vocational skills for employment.
Angela offers plenty of tips for autistic job seekers, parents, teachers and employers.
InsiderMonkey.com posted an article titled: 10 Companies that Hire Adults with High-functioning Autism or Asperger’s.
Here's the intro to that article:
"If you are looking for a job but are not sure which companies hire adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s this list of 10 companies that hire adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s will definitely help you find your answer. "
Follow the link below to read the entire article.
Based in the university town of Chapel Hill, NC, Extraordinary Ventures, Inc. (EV) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses with the philosophy that all people are employable.
And boy, is EV doing some extraordinary things...
EV is celebrating 10 years of operation. In that time they have developed a portfolio of six businesses that provide meaningful work and skill-building for autistic individuals.