In the past decade, we have seen an increasing number of large companies starting Neurodiversity at Work programs, or Autism at Work initiatives. These work by initiating hiring programs that reach out to neurominorities, recruiting for specific roles that can be tailored to specialist thinking or aligned with the skills associated with a minority neurotype.
In the UK, GCHQ has a program for dyslexia and neurodiversity. In 2013, SAP started their Autism at Work program, one of the groundbreakers. Michael Bernick, reporting for Forbes in 2021, estimated that the most mature program semployed around 800 Autists and for new adopters, around 1,500 Autists. The lessons learned so far include how accommodations for this group go beyond a few sensory buffers, widening the scope to other neurominorities, and making strengths a central theme in disability hiring. IBM’s Neurodiversity program has useful lessons and pointers for those seeking additional resources.