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St. Louis Post Dispatch ColumnBelow is an excerpt from my latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch column which covers a very relevant and significant topic – how autistic professionals are impacting the workplace for good. I hope you’ll read and share!


I’ve noticed a recent trend at businesses including Schnucks and Trader Joe’s — their transparency and pride in hiring autistic employees. The fact more companies are striving to have an increasingly diverse and inclusive workforce makes me smile. Hiring individuals with autism is just another indicator of how we are progressing as a society, recognizing all individuals have a place to contribute and add value.

This led me to dig a little deeper into how autistic professionals can begin their career and impact their workplace.

According to Liz Kinsella, BCBA, program director for Thrive Autism Solutions, in St. Louis, hiring an employee with autism not only adds to a company’s diversity, but is a sound business decision. Corporations can leverage the strengths of those on the spectrum and improve their own business practices.

Workers with autism can maximize their potential in many roles, including:

1. Positions that require a great attention to detail.

2. Jobs that are highly structured or repetitive.

3. Shifts typically difficult to staff or that have high turnover, including overnight or solo hours. The result can be a dream work environment for individuals on the autism spectrum.

As with any new hire, workers with autism may need… READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AT STLTODAY.COM.