Autism in the Australian workplace: the employer perspective

Wen, Benjamin and van Rensburg, Henriette and O'Neill, Shirley and Attwood, Tony (2022) Autism in the Australian workplace: the employer perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1038-4111


Abstract

Autistic adults face alarmingly high rates of unemployment and underemployment. There is limited research regarding employers’ capacity to support autistic persons, how to better understand employers’ needs and their key role in employment processes. In this employer-focused qualitative study, 14 Australian employers and nine professional experts were interviewed in depth. The identified themes were 1) Employer awareness and knowledge of autism; 2) Autism is a strength rather than a deficit, disorder or disability; 3) Employer empowerment is a key facilitator of change and 4) Autism tools for the employer. These findings highlight the need for ongoing education of employers to strengthen knowledge in the workplace about autism and addressing workplace environmental variables directly. Novel findings were the critical importance of employer self-care and treating all employees the same.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 29 May 2022 23:28
Last Modified: 29 May 2022 23:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism, employer, knowledge, tools, workplace
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390404 Educational counselling
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160199 Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7941.12333
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48643

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