Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

In the past decade, awareness of autism and its symptoms have grown. However, many people still face discrimination in the workplace have this condition. Autism means a person experience difficulty in communicating, understanding people’s emotions and point of view, and social awkwardness. Employers legally in the U.S. can not discriminate against people with autism. 

As per this law, employers cannot refuse to hire qualified, capable job candidates because they have autism. For individuals with autism, the workplace can still be challenging to navigate. Employers need to understand how to treat employees with this condition and accommodate them along with their needs.  According to EEOC, discrimination is when people are treated differently or less favourably because they have disabilities. This can take place anywhere, including workplaces, public areas, schools.

The EEOC protects against any discrimination, including autism discrimination in the workplace. Autism is a developmental condition that affects a person’s interaction with others, behaviour, and communication. According to CDC, doctors in the U.S. diagnose around 1 in 54 children with autism. It is four times common in boys than girls. Around 31% of individuals with this condition have intellectual disabilities, approximately 46% have average or above-average intelligence. Autistic people have logical thinking and memorize and learn new information quickly.

Working with people with this condition can be both beneficial and enriching experiences for employers. But for these, employers have to address and overcome potential challenges and make the necessary changes needed for people with this condition to work comfortably.  It is a lifelong condition that affects approximately 2.21% of adults in the U.S.

People with this condition face stigma and discrimination in the workplace, as their impaired social skills affect how others view them. These people face high rates of unemployment or underemployment, which could be due to many issues. It is very challenging to find the exact data on the number of people with this condition who have faced workplace discrimination because it is often underreported. 

The effects of ASD fall into two categories: Social interaction and communication problems and behavioural problems. People have difficulty with everyday conversations and cannot share emotions. They find it challenging to respond to typical social cues. Such people have restricted or repetitive behavioural patterns. People with this condition may face discrimination in the workplace because others may find their behaviour unusual. Discrimination can lead to low self-esteem, affect the quality of life and physical health.  It can even lead to PTSD.

The Americans with Disability classifies autism as a disability and guarantees autistic people equal employment opportunities, government services, access to education, transport, and more. If a business has 15 or more employees, it cannot discriminate against autistic people. This discrimination should be avoided in every aspect of employment.

Reasonable adjustments to autistic employees should be provided at the workplace. This means that autistic employees should get proper support from their employer, and the employer should take the initiative to make environmental changes at the workplace. The other statute that prevents such discrimination is Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This law prevents discrimination by federal contractors or subcontractors with contracts over $10,000.







By Gaby Lewis

Gabby is a postgraduate in biotechnology and has an immense interest in following technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Chess player. He is responsible for handling the office staff writers and providing them with the latest updates happenings in the world of technology. [email protected]

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