Fraser Creates Resource for Employers on Hiring Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Individuals on the autism spectrum often display many qualities — such as high attention to detail, perseverance for repetitive tasks, timeliness — that can make them extremely valuable employees. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to hiring tend to favor people who are excellent communicators, well-spoken, and highly social. Because those on the autism spectrum often struggle with interpersonal and communication skills, the typical interview can be challenging for them effectively to communicate their talents and suitability for a particular job. But with some simple modifications to the recruiting, application, and interview processes, employers can land qualified candidates who are on the autism spectrum. Fraser, http://www.fraser.org/ a highly respected non-profit working on issues facing individuals with autism and their families, has developed a new resource on hiring persons on the autism spectrum entitled “Autism’s Hidden Strengths: Interviewing & Hiring Individuals with Autism.” Its series of video interviews (unscripted mock interviews filmed with candidates on the autism spectrum), along with downloadable tips, provides employers with a new perspective on interviewing and hiring that will enable them to find the best person for the job, not just the person who interviews best.
Access the series here.
David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.