It has been known for decades that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including those with significant impairment or who have behaviors that others find challenging, can work when they are given appropriate supports. It is also clear that individuals with ASD can benefit from employment. Benefits include improved emotional state, greater financial gain, decreased anxiety, greater self-esteem, and greater independence. Nonetheless, employment outcomes for individuals with ASD have traditionally been poor. Even those who do find work are often underemployed or do not hold onto jobs for a long period of time.
Kurtz, Alan and Jordan, Melanie, "Institute Brief: Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices" (2008). The Institute Brief Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. Paper 4.