Fewer than 1 in 6 of adults on the Autism spectrum—about 15%—have full time work. Further, among young adults with autism, only 58% held employment at some point following high school, compared to 74% of those with an intellectual disability and 91% of those with an emotional disturbance.1
Although many youth with autism are capable of entering into employment and have skills that can make their productivity in the workplace even higher than others,2 decreased social interaction skills limit obtaining and keeping a job.
Linden Grove School students participate in social skills classes 2 to 4 times a week. Classes are designed to help students manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and learn to cooperate with others in academic and social activities. Increased social and emotional learning (SEL) not only positively impact student academic performance, it supports long-term success in the workplace and in the community.
The cost of caring for Americans with autism was $268 billion in 2015 and could increase to $461 billion by 2025. The majority of these costs is for adult services – an estimated $175 to $196 billion a year, compared to $61 to $66 billion a year for children.
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1National Autism Indicators Report, Drexel University, https://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/research-projects/research/ResearchPrograminLifeCourseOutcomes/IndicatorsReport/)
2For example, through its Autism at Work initiative JPMorgan Chase found that their 300+ neurodiverse employees are, as a whole, 48% faster and 92% more productive than their neurotypical employees.