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auticon Releases 2021 Global Impact Report; Measures Impact of Long-Term Employment for Autistic Adults

auticon Releases 2021 Global Impact Report; Measures Impact of Long-Term Employment for Autistic Adults

Study finds consultants remained engaged, resilient throughout the initial year of the pandemic

Toronto, ON — September 9, 2021 — auticon Canada, an organization that recruits, trains, and employs adults on the autism spectrum for lifelong careers in technology, announced today the release of the auticon 2021 Global Impact Report. This report looks at the impact the global organization has on long-term sustainable employment for autistic individuals worldwide, and this year highlights the effect the pandemic has had on consultant employment.

Despite the impact and upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the research highlights the positive impact auticon has on adults living with autism:

  • 83% of consultants indicated that working at auticon has improved their skills and abilities
  • 75% of respondents said they are given professional development opportunities
  • 82% of consultants said that having access to job coaches through auticon has helped their transition into the client workplace.

Working for auticon has made a marked difference personally for consultants, with 75% indicating that their self-confidence has improved, and 82% noting an improvement in their well-being.

During the pandemic, Canadian-based consultant Enzo De Luca was laid off from his retail job, leading him to discover a new role with auticon Canada as a Quality Assurance Analyst.

“I have never felt so appreciated as I do at auticon. The people I work with genuinely want to help me improve and learn – to become a better person in both my professional and personal lives.”  De Luca adds, “auticon has given me the tools to improve and excel as a professional programmer, and human being. I might be autistic, but that doesn’t make me any different than the average neurotypical.”

“Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, auticon Canada experienced exciting growth in 2020, including establishing a presence in Toronto with our client Deloitte Canada,” said Garth Johnson, CEO of auticon Canada. “Additionally, we were able to grow the consultant team to over 50 talented autistic technologists.”

auticon carried out this research in May 2021, distributing a survey to employed autistic consultants and analysts in eight countries, including Canada. The study was conducted by social impact specialists Aleron.

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