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Recognising that those with autism struggle with traditional job interviews, HP offices around the world give candidates the opportunity to show, rather than tell, their skills over several weeks, before adapting roles to suit the needs of these new hires.
Autism Cafe Project
Mohd Adli Yahya founded this Malaysian cafe when he realised his autistic son would struggle to gain independence. It gives youths with both high- and low-functioning autism the opportunity to work and socialise.
Global giant EY (formerly Ernst & Young) have debuted a program to hire people with autism to explore the unique benefits that come from having employees with differing cognitive functions. They’ve adjusted their recruiting and training processes to make candidates with autism more comfortable.
Popcorn for the People
This New Jersey store sells, you guessed it, popcorn. Employees with autism work alongside ‘neurotypical’ workers (those without autism) at jobs suitable to their skills – popping, cleaning and serving customers. All profits go towards a social enterprise dedicated to providing jobs for those with autism.
In 2015 The Microsoft Autism Hiring Program was launched to alter the interview process for hires with autism so that less emphasis is placed on social skills because, as their spokesperson asked, “What amazing talent are we missing as a result?”