« Back to News

Navigating Now & Beyond: Helping autistic people into work (Autistica)

By Jake Mackey, Autistica

Many autistic adults find it difficult to get jobs, keep jobs or reach their full potential in the workplace. Just 16% are in full time work. But we know that many have real talent and passion for games. More than three times as many autistic people work in games than in other sectors. That’s why as an industry, it’s important to understand how to recruit, support and retain diverse talent.

Our research project DARE (Discover Autism Research & Employment) aims to work with companies to gather evidence of what works and what doesn’t for autistic employees and employers. We’re developing best practice guides that will help companies to create a more diverse and inclusive industry.

Here are a few resources which might be helpful in becoming more accommodating to neurodiversity and managing during these challenging times:

About Autistica

We are the UK’s national autism research charity. We focus on giving autistic people the opportunity to live long, happy, healthy lives. We do this by funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.

Jake is the Games Partnerships Manager at Autistica and the lead of Autistica Play. His mission at Autistica is to help the games industry become more inclusive to neurodivergent people and to change the narrative around autism and games while also using the social and economic power of the games industry to make a long term difference for all autistic people through autism research.

Navigating Now and Beyond

This is part of our Navigating Now and Beyond in partnership with Sports Interactive series - guest articles and guides providing technical and practical advice for games companies to navigate working now and beyond the current Covid-19 crisis. 

Find more articles at our Navigating Now and Beyond hub here.