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Microsoft - World Autism Awareness Day – A playbook to inclusive hiring

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World Autism Awareness Day – A playbook to inclusive hiring

Over the past year, there have been tremendous efforts around the importance of inclusivity, especially in the workplace. As we honor World Autism Awareness Day and celebrate the 6-year anniversary of Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program, we reflect on how the program started, voices from employees, and playbook examples of how companies can create a more inclusive culture within their organizations, starting with hiring more people with disabilities.

“If the last year has taught us anything it is that we can always do better to be more mindfully aware of others, inclusion in its simplest form,” says Todd Ellis, a member of the Neurodiversity Community at Microsoft. “The expansion of the Autism Hiring Program speaks to commitment towards cultivating a diverse workplace through actions that underline our core mission. The winds of change are blowing, and often change is imperfect but we grow by leaning in and empowering everyone else to do likewise – these are very exciting times.”

As we reflect on Microsoft’s inclusive journey, we’re excited to announce the Microsoft Autism Hiring program has expanded to all aspects of Neurodiversity, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and other cognitive disabilities and is now called the Microsoft Neurodiversity Hiring Program.

When we started the program, we were not alone in our journey. Shortly after the program launched, we paired with EY, JPMorgan Chase, and SAP to create the Autism at Work Employer Roundtable powered by Disability:IN in 2018. The goal was to share learnings, create a network to discuss building, sustaining, and attracting talent, as well as to serve as an incubator of sorts for other employers looking to start their own inclusive hiring programs.

In 2019, the Autism at Work Employer Roundtable paired with the University of Washington to develop the [email protected] Playbook. The playbook provided a turnkey framework to jumpstart an inclusive hiring program. Currently, we’ve launched a new version of the playbook that includes a chapter on adapting to remote hiring models and how to provide employee support in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since its inception, the Roundtable has provided support to over twenty-five employers seeking to launch their own corporate neurodiversity hiring initiatives.



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