E&Y, Other Firms, Upping Recruitment of Workers with Autism, Other Disabilities

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Dec 14, 2017
By Avi1111 dr. avishai teicher - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Ernst and Young, along with other CPA firms, have been increasing their recruitment of people with disabilities, particularly those on the autism spectrum with in-demand skills like data analytics and raw mathematical ability, according to Accounting Today. These firms are doing their hiring through neurodiversity programs that not only recruit autistic workers but also provide them the support they need to make full use of their talents. For example, E&Y's program trains recruits about processes such as job interviews and navigating certain work issues like asking a manager for more clarification on an assignment. E&Y plans to expand these "Neurodiverse Centers for Excellence" by opening two more over the next 10 years. E&Y is not the only firm with a program like this: Accounting Today said Deloitte, PwC and KPMG have similar programs as well. 

As accounting firms increasingly recruit from those on the autism spectrum, they might look to the tech industry, which has drawn from this population for quite some time now, for guidance. NPR, in a 2013 article, noted that many workers with autism thrive in tech environments that emphasize detail-oriented thinking and technical skills over social interaction. This process has been aided through startups and academic programs designed to funnel autistic people into tech companies, such as Aspiritech in Illinois, or the Danish company Specialisterne

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