Can Autism be a competitive advantage?
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46% of U.S. employers report difficulties filling jobs. That number increases to close to 100% in technology and design. At the same time, over 80% of the 3 million+ Americans on the Autism Spectrum are not employed. By some estimates, over one third of Autistic individuals have above average IQ and can have heightened abilities in areas like pattern recognition, logical reasoning and focus which are a perfect match for technology and design related jobs.
Global IT firms like SAP and venture-backed tech startups like ULTRA are proactively recruiting talent on the Autism Spectrum, and in some cases, delivering superior results through their neurodiverse teams.
What can we learn from these early experiments? And how can we tap into this incredible talent pool as a source of competitive advantage to fuel our own teams?