One of the problems with disabilities is that, even if you’re capable of holding certain jobs, many companies still won’t hire you, which is why it can be especially difficult for people with autism to find employment. However, Microsoft announced on World Autism Awareness Day earlier this week that it’s currently testing a pilot program that would see it hire individuals with autism.
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Thursday, I had the privilege to attend and speak at an event held at the United Nations in New York City, where the theme was “Autism, The Employment Advantage.” This theme resonates with me on two levels. First, as a parent. I am the proud mom of Shawn, now 19, diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. Secondly, as a proud executive at Microsoft. A company that believes strongly in diversity. At Microsoft, we believe that diversity enriches our performance, our products and services, the communities where we live and work, and the lives of our employees. We provide an inclusive environment where everyone can do their best work and have been investing in these programs for many years. In fact, this was one of the things that attracted me to Microsoft.