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©2019 THE SPECTRUM WORKS

"A Neurodiverse Workplace"

MISSION STATEMENT

The Spectrum Works is a non-profit organization dedicated to transitioning gifted individuals on the Autism spectrum into valuable talent for corporations. 

Our mission is to significantly transform the lives of these adults by removing obstacles and providing opportunities for meaningful and gainful employment.

We believe many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder are uniquely gifted, educated and qualified for meaningful employment but are marginalized unnecessarily due to certain barriers that can be overcome.

 

We aim to be the bridge that connects this divide - developing essential talent for corporations by leveraging the unique gifts of adults on the autism spectrum and creating a neurodiverse workplace.

OVERCOMING BARRIERS

Our core service is to bridge the employment gap and remove unnecessary barriers that exist both between adults on the spectrum and corporations that hinder meaningful and gainful employment

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AUTISM COMMUNITY BARRIERS

Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder have many barriers to overcome in finding significant and intellectually meaningful work in corporate America.  The lack of understanding, awareness and openness to what autism is has lended to misperceptions of their unique social, communication, and behavioral characteristics.    

 

Given the nature of autism, it can be difficult for adults on the spectrum to determine the appropriate corporate job that would best fit and leverage their unique gifts.  It can be a challenge for them to market and self-promote their strengths to potential employers in corporations, and to navigate the social aspects of the standard human resources practices (such as the interview process) that have traditionally been geared towards neurotypical individuals.  

 

Adults with autism are gifted but often find themselves under-employed due to these challenges. Additionally, they have to grapple with the complicated question of whether to disclose their unique circumstance, not knowing if doing so will reflect in a positive or negative manner.

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CORPORATION BARRIERS

Corporations know that diversity matters.  However, they may not have considered expanding their definition of diversity to include the diversity of minds - neurodiversity.  And for those who have, there are still challenges and barriers to overcome.  

Without expertise in neurodiversity, corporations are challenged with identifying the appropriate jobs for adults on the spectrum - roles that can leverage their unique skills and strengths. They are challenged in being equipped to find, screen and secure talented resources and may not have access to the appropriate sources for finding such individuals.  

 

Upon hiring an adult with autism, corporations are also challenged with appropriately identifying and implementing workplace accommodations that optimize the individual’s performance. Corporations lack accessibility to neurodiversity educational programs to equip their leadership and neurotypical workforce.