Submission to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the Future of Remote Working

Remote working plays a key role in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; it also presents several benefits to the autistic community and its continuing struggles within the world of work. 

Autistic people often struggle with unpredictability, breaks in routine and different sensory environments. Remote working’s controlled environment provides new opportunities for workers on the spectrum to unlock their full potential as employees.

As many as 80% to 85% of autistic people are unemployed or underemployed. This is due to a combination of poor or non existent workplace supports or inadequate recruitment processes preventing them from finding and keeping their desired jobs. This stands in contrast to Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which states every disabled citizen has the right to work and be supported by the State to find and retain employment.

Moreover, given the potential benefits remote working can have on both employees and businesses seeking to attract the best talent, autistic people need to participate and be included in these conversations. 

AsIAm is keen to contribute towards our economic recovery by playing a proactive role in shaping future employment policy, by providing assistance for autistic adults to get more involved in the workforce and becoming future leaders in our own right.

We feel that the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in the realm of policy and legislation will contribute remote working practices will appropriately address our community’s diverse needs. 

Read our submission to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Business below or download it here

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