Employees on the Autism Spectrum: A Look Inside the Untapped Workforce

The Conference Board of Canada, October 25, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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Less than 33% of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are employed.

Many employers are hesitant to hire someone with ASD, but are fears steeped in reality? Diving into this untapped workforce can address current labour shortages while also making businesses stronger, more diverse and productive. Employees with ASD are known for their attention to detail, productivity, and high attendance records, yet many current recruitment practices filter out these qualified candidates. So what can be done to change these attitudes?

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute webinar, David Patterson, Executive Director, Autism Nova Scotia and Chair, Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) will discuss why hiring an employee with ASD is the right decision for your business. David will explore simple, cost-effective ways to modify employment practices to make your workplace more inclusive for employees with ASD. Additionally, David will share simple tips and tools you can implement in the workplace to foster a healthy work environment and create a “win-win” for both employee and employer.

During this session you will:

  • Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how it affects adults
  • Understand the benefits and positive impact on workplace culture of hiring employees on the Autism Spectrum
  • Learn strategies to effectively communicate and manage within a diverse workforce
  • Gain insight into Ready, Willing and Able, a three-year project funded by the Government of Canada, that is designed to increase the workforce participation of people with ASD or Intellectual Disabilities

About David

Photo of David PattersonDavid is a teacher and educator at Autism Nova Scotia. He developed and oversees the implementation of two programs that help adults with autism secure meaningful employment: Autism Works LaunchPad and Autism Works Entrepreneurship. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, David is a graduate of Acadia University where he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Education. David believes in life-long learning and his work has helped demonstrate through his work on employment and pre-employment transitions that support means success.

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