Challenges and best practices of sustaining and scaling autism employment

Since the early 2000’s, organisations have introduced successful models for identifying, training, and hiring people on the spectrum. Initially, autism employment through the open market has been achieved by small work integration social enterprises (WISEs) specialised in exclusively employing people in the spectrum (such as Specialisterne, Passwerkor Auticon) and hiring them out to for-profit clients. While the work of these organisations has been instrumental in enabling skilled autism employment, employment rates for people on the spectrum remain low. In order to scale autism employment practices and to significantly increase employment rates, a model for successful implementation in large for-profit organisations is needed.

This project will identify and document success and challenges for organisations in adapting their environments to accommodate people on the spectrum and to scale that opportunity. This project advances the achievement of previous work that focused on developing tools to assist adolescents and adults on the spectrum, and their advisors, in making informed choices regarding higher education and employment. This work will assist people on the spectrum to make informed choices about employment in organisations with appropriate support mechanisms thereby improving the likelihood of successful long term employment.

The project will:

  1.  Inform existing and potential employers and employment support services of the different organisational challenges and success factors of sustaining and scaling skilled autism employment in large organisations
  2. Illustrate a variety of successful autism employment case studies
  3. Disseminate developed resources to promote autism employment.
Project Leader(s)
  • Anna Krzeminska, Macquarie University
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