Autism Spectrum Disorder
The term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PPD-NOS).
The functioning level of a person with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis depends on the severity of his/her symptoms, dysfunctions and impairments in communication, and behavioral and social skills.
At one end of the spectrum are adults and children who cannot function well in society due to their deficits. At the other end of the spectrum are adults and children who can lead independent and successful lives.
1 in 100 Australians are on the autism spectrum, yet there is still misunderstanding around what it is and how it impacts people.
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Employment opportunities for autistic Australians are few.
Conducted by the Centre for Health and Social Research and Australian Catholic University, the study found that while more than half of autistic Australians would like a paid job, only one in three were currently in a paid role.
It also revealed that more than half of unemployed autistic Australians (53.9 per cent) had never held a paid job, despite often possessing the skills, qualifications and a strong desire to join the workforce.
It is believed that 70% to 80% of adults are capable of participating in the workforce, yet a a few things need to change:
- Better understanding of autism (ASD)
- Adjustments to create a more ‘autism inclusive’ workplace
- Recruiting differently and recognizing the unique skills
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