Autism in the Workplace

51 min
at 10:00 AM
Analyst Corey Weiss, who was disgnosed with Autism as a young boy, works at Mindspark on August 24, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one percent of the global population has autism spectrum disorder. And while events like Autism Awareness Month have raised the disorder's profile, a Drexel University study found that about 40 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. But some tech giants like SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are actively trying to hire employees with autism. In this hour, we'll look how employers and employees can both benefit from closing the employment gap for those on the autistic spectrum.

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Guests:

Jose Velasco, head, SAP's Autism at Work program

Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services, Autism Speaks

Stephen Shore, autism advocate, author and consultant; professor, Adelphi University

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