Many autistics, though talented and competent in their field, struggle to find employment. They often do not fit the cultural norm of a “typical” employee or understand the social cues most of us take for granted. Can we as a society afford to ignore such a large segment of our population with such significant potential? Why would we?
At Focus Professional Services, our target employees are individuals who are capable and desirous of working in a professional business environment and need moderate to minimal support. If we assume 10% of working-age individuals with autism fit our criteria, our target group in BC is conservatively 2,000–2,400 individuals.
For every month we employ a person with autism, we decrease their dependence on disability benefits while adding their tax contributions and purchasing capacity to the economy. The person on the spectrum is lifted out of poverty to experience a solid, middle-class lifestyle with options, an empowering, confidence-building experience.