Autism and employment in New York State? YES! People with autism make excellent employees. Many are going back-to-school this month, but for some with autism it will mean an end to over 18 years of schooling! That’s more than most with a Master’s Degree. These guys have it worse than those new college graduates with large student loans…they have autism and the unemployment rate for this group is an astounding 93%! It doesn’t have to be that way.
As an employer, other than the obvious contribution to your community, what’s in it for you? The data is in and studies upon studies are proving that a person with ASD is someone who should be your next new employee.
Also, as an employer in NY State, you will get tax credit. What are the advantages of the New York State tax credit WETC? According to the NYS Department of Labor, employers that do business in NY can trim their labor costs through several NY State workforce and economic development programs. Employment-based tax credits save your business money by cutting federal and state liability. You may obtain tax credit savings from $750.00 to $9,000.00 simply by hiring ONE employee with a disability. Call the New York State Labor Department at 1-888-4-NYSDOL or go to the website www.labor.ny.gov.
A person with developmental disabilities can make a great addition to your workforce. They have:
- Positive Attitude
Average Job Retention for greater than 2 years is 67% !
Need more reasons? Here’s a few:
- Motivation – these employees with always be on time, always report to work – a report of perfect attendance is not uncommon. They will stay at the job until retirement age. They WANT to work!
- Pre-insured and with job coaches! Many people with autism have consolidated supports and services where a job coach is paid for by their services funding stream and the liability for that job coach is on that funding stream, not on you. The job coach will be there as much or as little as the person with autism needs it. Many with autism are not interested in healthcare benefits, as they have funding in place that will remain for the rest of their lives.
- Expand Market Share: employees with disabilities can relate better to customers with disabilities, who represent $1 trillion in annual aggregate consumer spending.
Let’s face it, with 1 in every 37 boys in NY State having a diagnosis of autism, you as an employer will be part of the solution!
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