Autism @ Work - Orange County

Interested in approaching your employer, but don't know how!

Let us help! Grit & Flow along with our partner, The Spectrum Works, are here to get you started!

We are ready to get going! What do I do?

There are two resources that can help you begin your journey.

Both resources will meet with you for free and help you begin your journey.

 

I would like to approach my employer, but where do I start?

There are many easy ways to approach your employer. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Set aside some time to talk about what you learned tonight and how you would like to explore autism at work in your organization.

  • Highlight the free resources available to navigate your organization through the process.

  • Offer to set up a free session to learn what autism looks like at work and how it can benefit your organization.

  • If there is an Employee Resource Group for autism/disabilities, or a Diversity & Inclusion team, they may be your best allies.

  • Offer to organize a lunch and learn on autism and neurodiversity in the workplace.

 

We only have a few employees. What difference can I make?

  • Each new job created changes life and positively impacts the stigma surrounding individuals with autism.

  • There are many incentive programs that fit well with smaller organizations and provide support resources and potentially initial compensation to the autistic individual.

  • Many individuals will prefer working for a smaller company. It is more personal, and they find more security in the smaller number of managers and co-workers.

Sounds great, but we just don’t have the right culture.

  • A culture of inclusion can benefit all employees and it doesn’t have to be a huge effort.  Inclusion is often best built starting with small teams.

  • Initial steps to increase inclusion are:

    • Lunch & Learns about Autism in the workplace

    • Sensitize programs such as inviting young adults into your workplace for a tour

    • Summer interns

    • Getting involved in a charity event supporting autism

  • Strong steps:

    • Set-up initial conversations with your manager or HR about the importance and benefits of employing this population. 

    • Invite Grit & Flow or The Spectrum Works to discuss the discovery of where a hiring effort may be feasible and most strategic.

 

I would love to, but what if I can’t support the employee(s)? We already have so much to manage.

  • You don’t have to do this alone. We have often seen employees gladly and eagerly volunteer in companies to support autism at work programs

  • In addition, there are many competent agencies in Orange County that can support you and the employee to provide a productive and rewarding experience.

  • Our teams (instead of "An employee support'"?) will assist you with training the employee and ensure that he or she is headed in the right direction.

 

This sounds great, but I don’t think there would be a budget for a program like this.

  • Desire, but no budget… No Problem!

  • There are incentives that provide an employer of reference

  • The accommodations an individual need is not always costly

  • Paid Internship Program ($10,400) https://www.gritandflow.com/paid-internship-program

  • Tax Incentives for hiring persons with disabilities

  • Federal employment goals (7%) for companies with federal contracts (Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act)

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The Grit & Flow vision is that every person, regardless of ability or disability, has the right to find well-being through employment. It is our goal to promote this vision through consulting with businesses on how to make the strategic changes needed to create inclusive workplaces full of positive well-being.

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