More than ten million people in China have been diagnosed with autism, a congenital developmental disorder. Two million of them are children who, when they grow older, face daunting challenges, including finding gainful employment. Young professionals barely have chances to start a career due to lack of employment options for people with autism. Yet, there are many advantages to employ individuals with autism spectrum disorders as they have many distinctive characteristics. Their special abilities can be such as the attention to detail, the ability to concentrate for prolonged periods, the patience for repetitive work and sensitivity to numbers and models. These skills are sometimes well-suited to working in a variety of sectors, such as computer science, information technology and computer engineering and many more - employment can give people with autism the chance become more self-sufficient.
There have been improvements in recent years to create inclusive pathways, yet much remains to be done. While private organizations can do a lot to bring such a change, they often do not have sufficient funding due to a lack of awareness in society at large. Therefore, companies can add value by hiring people with autism which will help them not only to have a productive employment but also a fulfilled and productive life.
In partnership with Business Ecology, China's first business magazine focusing on sustainability and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China, the More than a Market hosts are calling all CEOs, CFOs and GMs, Diversity & Inclusion Experts, CSR and HR Department Heads and all further interested parties to join and find out how corporates can actually benefit from hiring people with autism. Not only will you gain insights from companies who already have started to employ people with autism through project introductions but also learn in our panel with experts from the corporate and not-for-profit sector, how it actually benefits your business, both financially and socially.
Start your Disability Inclusion journey now!
Venue: Abteilung Kultur und Bildung Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Shanghai 德国驻上海总领事馆文化教育处 101 Cross Tower, 318 Fu Zhou Lu Shanghai 200001, China
Director of Strategic Innovation & Government Relations at SAP Labs China
Director of Human Resources at SAP Greater China
Director, Human Resources of Flex Zhuhai
Program Development Manager at Taicang Inclusion Factory
Founder and Chairperson of Autism Volunteer Association, Shanghai, Minhang (Shanghai Minhang Autism Home)