For the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of children born who are diagnosed with autism. About 1 in 68 children today has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Today, it is estimated that 1.5 million American adults are on the spectrum. For many of these individuals, it can be challenging to find full time employment.
A report published by the National Autistic Society has revealed that just 16% of those with autism currently work full time. Of those interviewed, only four of ten claimed they had worked in their lifetime, yet 75% of individuals with autism want to — and are willing — to work. Only 32% of individuals with autism are in some kind of paid work compared with 47% of people with a disability. With so many willing and capable of work, this is an indication that some companies are failing to recruit individuals with autism.