Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reasonable adjustments are ‘crucial’ to improving representation of autistic adults in the workplace - HR NEWS

Originally published: April 18, 2017

In light of figures released by The National Autistic Society, which reveal that just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid work, HR and diversity consultancy the Clear Company has urged employers to ensure that they are able to provide reasonable adjustments which can prove crucial to the success of an autistic person in the workplace.

According to The National Autistic Society’s report ‘The Autism Employment Gap’, 32% of autistic adults are in some form of paid work, compared to 47% of all disabled people and 80% of non-disabled people. That is despite 77% of those surveyed who are currently unemployed signalling that they want to work.

Worryingly, despite the success of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, 60% of employers surveyed fear getting support for an autistic employee wrong, and the same percentage indicated that they didn’t know where to go for support or advice about employing an autistic person.