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Throw your sup­port be­hind these com­pa­nies that pri­ori­tise hir­ing peo­ple with autism...

Hewlett-Packard

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.

EY

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.

Mi­crosoft

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?”

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