What is Autism?

Autism is a complex neurological condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors.

In 1994, autism was redefined as being a wide spectrum of conditions ranging from non-verbal and more significant impairment, to Asperger's Syndrome, which is considered to be a more "high functioning" version of autism. Some notable figures who are or are speculated to have Asperger's Syndrome are Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Burton, Temple Grandin, and Bill Gates.


Basic Autism Statistics


Increase in autism prevalence year over year since 2002

1 in 59

Number of children born with autism in U.S each year according to the Center of Disease Control in 2018


Autism is 5x more prevalent in boys than girls


Approximate number of autistics in U.S: 3M being children and 1M being adults



Percentage of adults that are either unemployed or underemployed despite academic credentials, intellectual capabilities, and skill setes


Approximate number of autistic teenagers aging into adulthood in the next 10 years in U.S


Percentage of autistic high school graduates that either do not obtain a job or pursue postsecondary education within two years of graduation


Age that autistic individual loses majority of government funding and support


Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks, and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry. For this reason, some researchers have dubbed autism the “Geek Syndrome”.

Autism in the Workforce

Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and HP have implemented autism hiring initiatives. This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that adults with autism can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship, and on-boarding.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, the median salary for a web developer in 2017 was $66,130.



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