April is Autism Acceptance Month. As employers strive to create an inclusive workplace, creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with autism and those with other disabilities, is a key part of the solution.
The following resources are listed to increase awareness on available resources.
- OSEP Fast Facts – Children Identified with Autism - The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) from the U.S. Department of Education developed an interactive infographic on students with autism. The information displays data collected as part of the IDEA’s Section 618 requirement for states to submit data about infants, toddlers, and youth with disabilities birth through age 21. Note, in SY 2017-2018, 72 percent of students with autism graduated with a regular high school diploma.
- Accommodation Ideas for Autism Spectrum - Job Accommodation Network (JAN) resource on accommodation ideas to support individuals with autism succeed in the workplace.
- Autism @ Work Playbook - Disability:IN resource established by four leading employer autism-focused hiring initiatives, which shares an overview of business models, and provides guidance to employers interested in developing autism-focused hiring initiatives.