Great story from DisabilityScoop.com. More and more companies are starting to realize that individuals with Autism has great value in the workforce.
A major American automaker is looking to tap the potential of workers on the spectrum.
Ford Motor Company said it is launching a pilot program this week designed to employ people with autism.
If successful, participants in the pilot program will ultimately
enter Ford’s standard recruiting process, company officials said.
“Individuals with autism bring a unique set of talents to our
business,” said Felicia Fields, Ford group vice president of human
resources and corporate services. “We recognize that having a diverse
and inclusive workforce allows us to leverage a wider range of
innovative ideas to make our customers’ lives better.”
Though it’s not immediately clear what all of the participants will
do at Ford, at least one person with autism in the pilot will log and
prepare tires that engineers use on test vehicles in product assessment,
the company said.
All of the positions will be based at Ford’s Dearborn, Mich.
headquarters and will last between 30 and 90 days. The jobs are a mix of
full and part-time positions, according to Amanda Park, a spokeswoman
for the company.
Ford will work with the nonprofit Autism Alliance of Michigan to facilitate the pilot program.
The automaker adds to a growing list of major corporations making an effort to hire people with autism. Microsoft and the software company SAP have also established programs in recent years to recruit workers with the developmental disorder.