In the United States, more than 3.5 million people live with autism. The Center for Disease Control estimates as of 2016 that 1-in-54 children is diagnosed somewhere on the wide-ranging autism spectrum, which means in a generation, more adults with autism will enter the workforce.
Finding work has been an especially difficult prospect for those with autism. The organization Autism Speaks estimates an astounding 85 percent of college graduates with autism are unemployed as of 2019. Solving the employment gap for those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a big-picture issue for the immediate future of the job landscape.
A fundamental issue to understand with candidates on the autism spectrum is, like any job candidate that might have a similar background to another, people with autism are not a monolith. The spectrum is vast, and each individual has unique challenges, but also unique skills. 60 Minutes focused heavily on the skills-matching exams that software company Autonomy Works implemented to pinpoint areas of both strength and weakness that each individual candidate exhibits.
Emphasis on disability recruiting continuously improves, but similar placement procedures are a must to truly improve the outlook for candidates with autism. Finding the right prospective employer that values such an approach is paramount -- but the long-term goal is ensuring all employers value skills-based placement.