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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 will be available in late 2018.

Related publications

  • 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

Related research

Rhonda Chapman
Rhonda Chapman

Development of a support program for employers and disability employment services

PhD project

PhD student Rhonda Chapman is researching how this support program for employers and disability employment services facilitates the successful employment of adults on the autism spectrum.

The project aims to develop a support and training program that will promote the benefits of employing adults on the autism spectrum and encourage employers to employ them. Ultimately, the program aims to give employers the knowledge, skills and confidence required to successfully place and maintain these employees.

More information

Email: rhonda.chapman@postgrad.curtin.edu.au