‘I’m not hiding’: Haley Moss, the first openly autistic lawyer in Florida, shares her message of inclusion in this video- via NBC LA
At 3 years old, Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism. Doctors informed her parents of all the limitations she would face. They didn’t listen. Today, she’s thriving as a lawyer — and sees autism as something that makes her unique.
A lifelong journey
There’s a lot of news about the dramatic rise in the number of children within the autism spectrum and the services available to them, but less attention has been paid to what happens when those kids grow up. Although some countries provide vocational rehabilitation services studies suggests that finding a job can be a struggle.
We all want to contribute and to be appreciated for our abilities. In order for our youngsters to thrive, we need to focus on stimulating the strengths rather than the weaknesses.
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” (Unknown)
The Autism at Work Roundtable, including Microsoft, EY, Ford Motor Company, SAP, DXC Technology, and JPMorgan Chase, believes that many individuals on the autism spectrum have the capabilities businesses need, and with an under or unemployment rate nearing 80%, they can become a key part of the solution.
The scarcity of skilled employees
Singapore’s has the goal of becoming a high-tech financial hub. According to the Ministry of Manpower, this goal is challenged by a shortage of local tech resources. Strategic skills in demand are specialists – in areas such as data analytics and cybersecurity – with open positions expected to grow by about 33,400 in 2019.
Singapore is already world-renowned for its belief that creating a diverse, inclusive, and bias-free culture makes better communities. Diversity fuels innovation, enhances engagement with both customers and employees, and helps drive business success in this rapidly changing, digital world. Not least, neurodiverse employment is imperative to tackle the challenges of the scarcity of skilled employees in crucial areas. In addition, employment yields great social economic returns. Thus building this pathway is a win-win-win situation.
Employ different thinking
Specialisterne recognizes that the traditional recruitment process often doesn’t work well for individuals with autism or other neurodiversities. Despite academic accomplishment and talent, many students miss out on getting employment experiences before graduation. This can make starting a career that much more difficult. As a response, based on the proven model used by many employers internationally, Specialisterne has built professional experience in programs specifically designed for neurodiverse students preparing for employment. The purpose of these programs is to develop and strengthen the young people’s personal, social and professional skills. And we create visible results. Almost all of our students in Denmark have found employment or higher education after they have completed their program with us.
In order to leverage the qualified local resources Specialisterne is dedicated to helping companies understand, value and include the unique capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum within the workforce. Taping into a pool of skilled candidates who unfortunately are overlooked because of unconscious bias.
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