Experts Say Autism Awareness Can Lead to Amazing Hires
Hiring autistic people can bring unexpected benefits
Hiring practices that accommodate people on the autism spectrum are not about meeting diversity goals or calling companies inclusive. They are making sure you do not miss the opportunity to hire someone like Peter Mann.
A serial entrepreneur, former Dell senior manager and owner of a company that is pushing design and manufacturing innovations in electric motors, Peter said HR departments often eliminate candidates like him because they don't know how to deal with people who cannot socialize easily or need accommodations to get through the interview process.
"[Autism has] been an asset, since all I think about is work," Peter said of how being non-neurotypical has impacted his career. "So, I just put in more hours than typical person. I just can't shut my brain off."
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