The number one question autistic job seekers and their allies ask me is how to find out if a company is inclusive and welcoming to employees on the spectrum.
A few strategies to help determine a company’s inclusive culture include:
1. Do a web search with the following keywords, “company name and autism.” Does anything come up about the company being inclusive, specifically for people on the spectrum?
2. Do they have a specific program or initiative for hiring people with autism or neurodiversity?
3. Do they provide information about accommodations a job seeker can request during the application/interview process?
4. Is the company part of a disability organization such as Disability: IN, the AUTISM @ Work Roundtable or the Valuable 500?
If the answer is "yes” to any of these questions, then the company is likely to actively recruit autistic talent.
One inclusive company NEXT for AUTISM works with and is actively seeking autistic talent is Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since their creation by Congress in 1970, they’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. In service to its mission, Freddie Mac is committed to ensuring their employees reflect the rich diversity of our nation. Since 2012, they have been expanding their Neurodiversity at Work program and actively recruiting neurodiverse talent to fill vital company roles. Freddie Mac truly strives to be an inclusive culture for all employees so everyone can bring their authentic selves to work.
Freddie Mac is getting ready to kick off their college recruiting season with internships and graduate analyst programs. They are seeking upcoming juniors and recent graduates with educational backgrounds in Finance, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science or Business Administration.
If you or someone you know qualifies, please consider applying.
To learn more and apply, click here.
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