In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on employers to hire more people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
“This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential,” Ban said in a statement. “I treasure my meetings with individuals affected by autism – parents, children, teachers and friends. Their strength is inspiring.
“They deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration.”
The Secretary General’s “call to action” invites employers to submit voluntary commitments to expand their hiring efforts. Specifically, it calls on employers – whether public agencies, corporations or small business – to increase the percentage of their workforce that consists of people with autism spectrum disorders.
Parties that submit a commitment must provide an annual report on their progress. Employers who follow through on these pledges will be recognized at the UN on World Autism Awareness Day 2016.
According to the UN, the unemployment rate worldwide for people with autism spectrum disorders is more than 80 percent.