People with autism make reliable, punctual, loyal, committed long-term employees with the ability to focus on repetitive tasks, having excellent attention to detail and specialist skills. The Association’s Executive Manager of the AIM program, Russell Thomas, sees the strengths of people with autism being ideally suited to information technology, print and hospitality industries.
Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) has been an advocate of the AIM program, viewing it as an opportunity which benefits both the printing industry and the people with autism working within it. To date, a number of printing companies in Western Australia have engaged with the Autism Association and its employment program, seeing positive effects within their business.
Among those is business Scott Print which has partnered with the Association for several years, hiring a third employer through the AIM program in support of the 20 Jobs in 20 Days campaign. In a recent article published in Business News Western Australia, Scott Print’s General Manger, John Scott was quoted saying hiring through the program produced results for business, government and the Association, seeing it as an opportunity to reduce stigmas and create bright futures.
Under the AIM program, the employer is allocated an employment consultant who acts as an account manager to assist with government initiatives, job matching and job analysis in order to ensure the employer and their new employee are looked after and have ongoing support.
For more information visit the Autism Association of WA website.