Autism and Employment

Local Networks

Albury-Wodonga Autism Community of Practice

The Albury-Wodonga Autism Community of Practice is a network with a focus on autism and mental health. Community members, professionals and service providers are invited to attend network meetings, which can consist of guest presentations, information sessions and peer support. Funded by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network, the group meets quarterly to share knowledge and support in the community of Albury/Wodonga and nearby regions.

Events

Albury-Wodonga Autism Community of Practice meetings: Employment and Autism
Fri 28 June, 10 am–12.30 pm
Fri 26 July, 10 am–12.30 pm
Venue to be confirmed

Join the Albury-Wodonga Autism Community of Practice at one or both of these network meetings on Employment and Autism. Suitable for community members and professionals, these free network meetings will feature speakers, including autistic individuals and employment agencies, as well as the latest research.

In the Media

With World Autism Awareness Day being held on 2 April, several articles on autism and employment have caught our eye. Read on to find out about the positive traits and challenges faced by autistic workers, along with national and international perspectives on autism and employment:

For a national perspective on autism and employment, see this news post, published online by Amaze, the peak body for autistic people in Victoria, on 28 March 2019. An Australian-first study released by Amaze that day found that more than half of unemployed autistic Australians had never held a paid job despite often possessing the skills, qualifications and a strong desire to join the workforce. Conducted by the Centre for Health and Social Research and Australian Catholic University, the study also revealed that, while more than half of autistic Australians would like a paid job, only one in three were currently in a paid role.

We know from Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie that autistic employees can bring a range of strengths, interests and skills to the workforce, often demonstrating exemplary characteristics in visual thinking, attention to detail, honesty, efficiency, precision, consistency and low absenteeism. She also tells us that it would be easier for autistic people to find and keep a job—and they would be more successful at it—if potential employers and colleagues understood autism and its characteristics. So, what changes can we make to transform our workplace culture to be more inclusive?

Amaze proposes 8 things workplaces can do for autism including make adjustments and offer support. The most common adjustments include flexible hours, sensory considerations, providing clarity around roles and expectations, offering direct but sensitive feedback and providing routine.

This article covers the positive traits and challenges faced by autistic workers but also gives an international perspective. Published online by Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, on 2 April 2019, this article describes employers and autistic recruitment consultancies that are generating employment opportunities for people living with autism around the world.

Resources

To find out more about the ways you can support someone with autism, including in the workplace, in schools or individually, see Amaze’s campaign, Do One Thing for Autism.