Autism @ Work: New insights on effective employment practices

Published February 2021

According to ABS 2018 data, more than one third of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed. This is more than three times the rate for people with disability and almost eight times the rate for people without disability.

The purpose of this global survey study was to investigate the challenges, learnings and best practices organisations have in sustaining and scaling skilled autism employment.

This study represents the first large scale, global quantitative study in the area and thus an important contribution to the available research evidence in that it provides the opportunity to develop evidence-based conclusions that go beyond single cases and compare different employer types and locations.

Project findings will benefit autistic adults who seek employment by identifying and developing recommendations for effective, sustainable, and scalable autism employment practices/models that are both applicable to a wide range of organisations, and improve the opportunities and workplace outcomes of autistic adults when applying and participating in such programs.