Autism (sometimes referred to by the diagnostic term autism spectrum disorder) is a condition whereby individuals feel, perceive and experience the world in a different way. Individuals on the spectrum may communicate and interact in different ways. Worldwide, approximately 1 in 68 people are thought to be on the autism spectrum.
Each individual on the autism spectrum is unique, with their own strengths and challenges. However, research has demonstrated that many individuals on the autism spectrum have exceptional skills (over an above that of individuals without autism) that can be of benefit in any number of jobs. These include:
At Specialisterne Australia, we work with employers to find the kind of employees they are seeking. We then advertise the roles specifically for autistic individuals, and conduct an assessment to find the right people for the job. This is an alternative pathway to the traditional recruitment process that aims to remove barriers for autistic individuals. The end result is motivated, skilled autistic staff members for our corporate partner. A win for both parties.
We use the terms ‘autism spectrum’ and ‘autistic’ as we have read this is the preferred terminology by many individuals on the spectrum (see a summary of a recent research project on language here). We recognise that each person will have their own preferences and we try to be respectful of this by asking the individuals we work with about their language preferences. If we could improve our language use, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org