Support for employers
We recognise that employers must provide supportive and individualised environments to help employees on the autism spectrum succeed. Limited research exists from the perspective of employers and how modifying the workplace may impact the abilities of people with ASD. In response, we have developed an autism-specific workplace tool to support employers.
Integrated Employment Success Tool
The Integrated Employment Success Tool (IESTTM) is an autism-specific workplace tool for employers to modify the work environment to meet the specific needs of their employees on the autism spectrum.
The aim is to create a workplace that provides a supportive and individualised environment, and an inclusive culture where you will feel comfortable and welcome.
The IEST is currently being prepared for release.
- Scott M., Falkmer, M., Girdler, S., & Falkmer, T. Viewpoints on factors for successful employment for adults with autism spectrum disorder. PLOS One. 2015; 10(10):e0139281.
- Scott M., Jacob, A., Hendrie, D., Parsons, R., Girdler, S., Falkmer, T., & Falkmer, M. Employers’ perception of the costs and the benefits of hiring individuals with autism spectrum disorder in open employment in Australia. PLOS One. 2017; 12(5):1-16.
- Jacob A., Scott M., Falkmer, M., & Falkmer, T. The costs and benefits of employing an adult with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. PLOS One. 2015; 10(10):e0139896
A training and support program for employers and disability employment services
PhD student Rhonda Chapman is researching the benefits of employing autistic adults and the training resources that would empower employers to successfully employ and support these individuals. She will then develop and pilot the training resources that will promote these benefits and encourage employers to employ autistic adults. These resources will also be beneficial for disability employment services and any individuals who assist autistic adults in securing and maintaining employment.