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.