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 World Autism Awareness Day

United Nations Presents the 8th Annual World Austism Awareness Day

2015 Theme: Employment: The Autism Advantage

  • United Nations / Worldwide
  • April 2, 2015

Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

It is estimated that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.

Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than “neurotypical” workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail.

These qualities make them ideally suited to certain kinds of employment, such as software testing, data entry, lab work and proofreading, to name just a few examples.

The hurdles that need to be overcome to unleash this potential include: a shortage of vocational training, inadequate support with job placement, and pervasive discrimination.

For further details on how you can highlight this day, please visit webpage at http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/.