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Walgreens, Amazon and Wawa Employing Workers With Autism

Walgreens, Amazon and Wawa Employing Autism Wokers
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When Cornelia Quinn, Co-founder of Go-Be, needed help to pack and fulfill orders, she looked no further than her special 19-year-old son, which makes reusable antimicrobial airplane tray covers. As autism in employment is challenging. About half of young adults or more in the United States with autism are unemployed. The article is about Walgreens, Amazon and Wawa Employing Workers With Autism.

According to a recent Deloitte report, unemployment for neurodivergent adults is as high as 30% to 40% which is up to 85% of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term covering conditions, like autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyslexia. 

A Bureau of Labor Statistics survey explains that half of U.S. states now have unemployment rates below pre-pandemic levels, approximately a 50-year low, while 13 states have unemployment rates below 3%. As a result, employers are fighting to fill open positions and are more willing to look more closely at previously overlooked population segments. 

Carlos Cubia, Global Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, said, “Everyone is struggling to find talent in the job market. We know from data and research that this is the highest unemployed demographic. Hence, it’s an untapped resource that businesses can hopefully turn to.” She also said of employing her son and other neurodiverse workers, “the goal is to have them to feel that when they wake up in the morning, they have something to look forward to and feel that they’re part of society and that they’re contributing.”

Following this, several companies, including Amazon, Walgreens, and Wawa, are among employers making tremendous efforts to hire neurodiverse talent, but start-ups such as GoBe are also leading in this job market strategy.

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