The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and heightened glaring inequalities around the world, especially when it comes to income and wealth distribution, access to health care, protection under the law, and political inclusion.
This year, the theme is ‘Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World’
Persons with autism have long faced many of these inequalities, which have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic.
It’s a problem made worse by long recognized discriminatory hiring practices and workplace environments that present major obstacles for persons with autism; all of which contribute to the unemployment or severe underemployment of a large majority of adults on the autism spectrum.
As presented at the 2015 UN observance of World Autism Awareness Day, the mission of the Specialisterne Foundation is to leverage knowledge gained from the employment of autistic persons to support the creation of meaningful and fulfilling employment for one million persons, in a world where there are equal opportunities for all in the labour market.
"We must ensure that a prolonged disruption caused by #COVID19 does not result in rollbacks of the rights of people with autism."
— United Nations (@UN) April 2, 2020