The Autism Platform Project is a mission-oriented organization that hopes to broaden the societal lens of the autistic cohort’s contributions to the workplace. We strive to provoke a movement that creates equitable employment opportunities and meaningful outcomes for individuals on the spectrum.
The next decade will usher in over 500,000 young adults on the spectrum1; however, the group maintains astronomically high rates of unemployment (over 85%) 2 and underemployment3. Void of significant intervention from a multitude, this unrelenting and grim trajectory will continue.
The Autism Platform Project seeks to urge a movement that creates curiosity, understanding, and action surrounding the diverse talents and strengths autistic individuals can contribute to organizations and the workforce. This initiative, propelled by self-advocates, parents, family members, community members, and leaders, will blur corporate boundaries and reshape how organizational leaders perceive, recruit, develop, engage, and support the autistic cohort within meaningful and gainful employment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Autism spectrum disorder: Data and statistics. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
Griffiths, A. J., Giannantonio, C. M., Hurley-Hanson, A. E., & Cardinal, D. N. (2016). Autism in the workplace: Assessing the transition needs of young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Business and Management, 22(1), 5-22.
Seitz, S. R., & Smith, S. A. (2016). Working toward neurodiversity: How organizations and leaders can accommodate for autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Business and Management, 22(1), 135-152.
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