COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — A new push to help adults with autism enter the work-force took place in Columbus on Tuesday. The need is huge. 85% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed in the mainstream job market.
Auticon, a tech consulting company that works with companies to hire adults on the autism spectrum.
Tuesday, more than 100 people came out to a first of its kind networking event.
“The next step after that is they will submit an official application, and they’ll go through a process and will match them with the opportunities that we have here in Columbus,” said David Aspinall, CEO of Auticon in the U.S. “Then we will support the individual as they go through their journey and get on-boarded.”
Auticon is teaming up with Nationwide, CoverMyMeds, and other top companies in Columbus.
“We have four individuals that are helping us with some technology conversion projects,” said Cindy Payne, a Tech Leader with Nationwide Insurance.
The process emphasizing the unique skill set these adults will bring to the work force.
“People on the spectrum really appreciate precision and correctness, and are detail oriented, and that strength is what makes them so valuable,” said Payne.
Auticon will work with adults on the autism spectrum with training, coaching, and project managers before, during, and after landing the job.
“I had not taken online classes before the training program, but I was challenged in many ways and I learned a lot,” said Ian Corbett, who went through the Auticon training and works at Nationwide. “It helped me learn some new skills and solidify skills I already gained.”
After today, the mission is to place 50 adults in tech jobs over the next two years.
“Just ask, put your foot forward, it’s a very valuable program,” said Corbett.