The Importance of Hiring Neurodivergent Employees

April is recognized as Autism Acceptance Month, a time to celebrate the unique perspectives and strengths of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People with autism are neurodivergent, which refers to differences in how a person’s brain works. It encompasses other conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. 


Neurodivergent Unemployment and Underemployment 

Despite their unique strengths, neurodivergent individuals face significant barriers to employment. In the United States, it is estimated that 85% of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to 4.2% of the overall population. This disparity highlights the urgent need for more inclusive hiring practices. 

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