Dec 15, 2016 06:15 AM EST

Autism Employment In 2017 Pioneered By Small Businesses, Online Self-Employment In Creatives; Needs More Learning From Successful Autism Employment Corporate Programs

By JC Santos

Corporations and the US government had never left behind autistic adults with talent and creativity. For 2017, adults with autism and other developmental and learning differences appears better with corporations willing to provide permanent workplace options. Adults with developmental and learning differences find small businesses and internet employment in creative freelancing their best positions -- although industry learning regarding the successes of autism employment can benefit corporate positions.

According to Forbes Contributor Michael Bernick who specializes in emerging employment structures in businesses, America has launched a "range of employment initiatives" notably by extra-governmental organizations, advocates and parents of individuals with learning deficiencies. He has also mentioned that tech giant Microsoft and its "Autism at Work" initiative launched in 2016 had met great success and awareness for autistic employee recruitment. SAP had followed suit with its own autistic employment along with Google, Salesforce, HP, Cable Labs and CollabNet.

In Halton, Canada, the Autism Job Club of Halton begins its project to help those with autism and learning deficiencies find employment. According to Inside Halton, the group has launched its first initiative to find employment for those with autism. Interviewing Autism Job Club of Halton Founder and Facilitator Maralyn Ellis, it is mentally stressful and difficult for those with autism to accept employment that will not suit their passions or abilities.

Canadian MP Derek Twigg had given his support for the Halton initiative. He said the Canadian government can do more to close the "autism employment gap" in the country.

Bernick believes that many more small businesses and even medium to large enterprises can learn from the successful employment initiatives of Microsoft and SAP. Autism-focused business -- though small ones -- are helping autistic employees find employment in software testing, shirt design and confectioneries.

But this could mean taking a huge slice from the high employment rate of the United States. It is also great opportunity -- should US President-Elect Donald Trump make good on his US employment promises -- that local individuals can quickly find employment including those with learning deficiencies.

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