Perceptions of Employers in Spokane County Regarding Employing Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Shannon White, Eastern Washington University
Curtis Pearson, Eastern Washington University
Amylynne Sargent, Eastern Washington University
Jennifer McQuillan, Eastern Washington University
Molly Hobbs, Eastern Washington University


There is limited research available addressing employment opportunities for adolescents or adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the growing population of adults with ASD in the United States, there will likely be an increase in the demand for support to help them live independently. The purpose of this research is to obtain employers’ perceptions on employing individuals with ASD. Businesses in Spokane County were mailed invitations to participate in an on-line survey. Results will be analyzed and shared with local agencies for potential program development.