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Everyone, including people with autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences, should have access to participate in the full range of life, work and community activities that, in turn, fosters growth opportunities for us all.
Right now, in a country where inclusiveness is being discussed on every media outlet daily, a large part of the population has been left out of the discussion.
Because 81% of neurodiverse Americans don’t have access to what most of us have.
A job. An opportunity. Really, just a chance to prove that the skills and perspective they bring to the workplace are different than those already present in the workplace.
Different perspectives bring a holistic, 360° view that only a truly diverse workforce can provide.
Inclusive employment comes with a host of positive impacts. Organizations with inclusive cultures are twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets and eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes.
People with intellectual and developmental differences are often lauded for exhibiting loyalty, timeliness, and for offering innovative, creative perspectives to improve policies and procedures.
That’s where all of us come in—first, by raising awareness about just how pervasive the problem is and then by providing the hard facts about what neurodiverse people can bring to the table.
That they can raise morale within an organization. That employing people with intellectual and development differences can improve products, services, and bottom lines.
That as an employer, you’re not just checking a box by hiring someone who’s different.
You’re thinking outside the box.
Together, we can eliminate biases and inspire change.
About Delivering Jobs
Best Buddies, Special Olympics and Autism Speaks, in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, are teaming up to launch Delivering Jobs, an inclusion campaign dedicated to creating pathways to one million employment and leadership opportunities for people with autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences by 2025.