For some companies, it is a certain skill set (pattern recognition, hyper focus, technical skills, etc.). For others, it is an opportunity to cover a portion of another employee’s job description which only requires a couple of hours a week with a person who enjoys repetitive tasks, freeing the full-time employee up to focus on their core competency area. Others are drawn to social skills and customer service focus that bring value to a business’s interface with customers.
Tax incentives and other government support can help with the decision to hire a person with a disability. Many individuals with Autism/IDD receive government assistance and Medicare/Medicaid. They are often interested in part-time positions to not exceed income levels for disability support payments. Others are very motivated to move on to a steady income replacing dependence on the government with self-sufficiency. There really is no one-size-fits- all in the disability world and employers can use that diversity to benefit their business in the best possible way.