Autism an advantage
EMPLOYER SEES THE BENEFITS
LIVING on the autism spectrum can make it difficult for some to find and retain employment, but that is something Matt Schneider is working to change.
Mr Schneider, who is the managing director and cofounder of Perth data science and product development business Optika Solutions, said he actively looked to employ autistic people.
“We have found that the nature of our work requires our staff to have extreme attention to detail and need to be highly motivated on solving very complex problems,” he said.
“Over time we have found that those people who are on the spectrum have a fantastic capacity to solve the types of problems that we deal with on a daily basis.”
Mr Schneider will be in Fremantle this weekend for the 2017 Autism West Symposium, where he will talk about the benefits of employing those with autism.
“I was approached by Autism West to discuss what it is like to be an employer of autistic people and what suggestions I have for those looking at finding employment, suggestions I have for those who are in the process of or already have employed an autistic person, as well as information for their parents about what types of challenges their child may face coming into the workforce and how they can prepare for it,” he said.
“I am going to be talking about my experience of employing those who are autistic, what it can be like, what the challenges are as well as what I have learnt over the past 10 years in my role.”
He said it was important for other businesses to support and help people living with autism who wanted to get into the workforce.
“I am a great believer in that everyone has a right to be able to contribute to the society in which we live,” he said.
“Autistic people can provide a huge amount of value to our society and represent some of the most amazing people our world has seen.
“For example, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Tim Burton, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs – all of these people were provided with the chance to be part of the workforce and achieved truly great things in their fields.”
The 2017 Autism West Symposium will be at the Esplanade Hotel on November 3 and 4.
Visit www.autismwest.org.au for more information.