Many firms find benefits from hiring autistic workers
Monday, July 16, 2012 Consumer Products & Services
While some employers may be wary of challenges related to hiring developmentally disabled workers, many have found that hiring them can be a major asset to their business.
In one recent case, the Teachers Insurance and Annuity and College Retirement Equities Fund found that employing people with autism was not only a morally positive move but that it also helped the bottom line. In an interview with Workforce, the financial services organization’s senior managing director and head of global private markets, Heather Davis, said that her company had decided to hire autistic workers at a recently purchased apple orchard.
"We needed a better workforce, people who really wanted to do the work," Davis told the source. "They take a bit longer to train, but once they're trained, they're excellent."
Firms that help find work for those with disabilities can make a huge difference. In one recent case, Work Opportunities Unlimited was honored by New Hampshire Governor John lynch for matching employers and challenged workers together, SeaCoast Online reports. In its 30 years, the company has helped 30,000 people find jobs.
Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.