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Helping The Community

LiNC-IT is dedicated to ensuring individuals with autism spectrum disorder have equal opportunity to obtain employment. Through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more about autism spectrum disorder and lend your support.

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What is Autism?

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Learn more about our partners and the services they provide to support individuals with ASD.

Characteristics of ASD

  • Can have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling

  • May struggle with interpreting facial expressions, body language, or social cues

  • Difficulty regulating emotion

  • Trouble keeping up a conversation

  • May show inflection that does not reflect feelings

  • Often have difficulty maintaining the natural give-and-take of a conversation; prone to monologues on a favorite subject

  • A tendency to engage in repetitive or routine behaviors

  • Only participates in a restricted range of activities

  • Frequently exhibit a preference for routines and schedules- disruption of these routines can result in stress or anxiety

  • Often have specialized fields of knowledge, interest and/or hobbies [ii]

Employing Individuals with ASD

Hiring an individual with ASD can provide numerous benefits for employers. While there is a growing need for employees in the field of information technology, this is an area of interest and expertise for many individuals who have ASD.

Individuals who have ASD provide neurodiverse ways of thinking. They bring a different perspective and a unique view of situations and information to the workplace.

Unfortunately, most workplaces have not yet caught up to this new way of thinking, and workplace practices can provide barriers to employment, including: 

 

A difficulty with traditional applications and interviewing 

Understanding of autism and accommodations

Employability skill needs (i.e., learning how to accept corrective feedback). 

Once these barriers are eliminated, their strengths are unmatched. Employers surveyed in a 2017 Australian Study indicated above-average performance in the following areas:

 

Attention to a work detail

Work quality

Work ethic

 

Employers reported:

A positive impact on workplace culture

New skills brought into the workplace improvements in workplace morale