A New Approach
Potentia brings together decades of experience in workforce optimization and recruitment, along with experts in the field of Autism, to provide employers with a roadmap of how to interview, onboard and manage a neurodiverse workforce. Companies who have made investments in this area report lower turnover, higher productivity and improved employee engagement. We are focused on those outcomes for our clients and committed to a better future for our applicants.
Given the explosion in new cases of individuals affected by Autism in the last 20 years, substantial investments in research and treatment have followed. Early diagnosis and therapies, especially Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy have helped individuals to progress through high school, and often college, with increased success.
But with few exceptions, employers have not benefitted from the talents of this community.
Potentia focuses on matching top employers with individuals with Autism. In particular, Potentia has developed an applicant pool of candidates on the “high functioning” portion of the Autism Spectrum including individuals affected by a condition known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Candidates with these conditions can often display some amount of social awkwardness, as well as difficulty with certain types of tasks, instructions and work environments. These individuals are also typically very reliable, honest, hard-working and passionate about doing quality work.
Generalizations almost always fall far short of capturing the strengths of individuals in this diverse community. Some general definitions are provided below.
ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA. It is useful in teaching new skills as well as increasing, maintaining, generalizing or limiting certain behaviors.
Autism Spectrum – A range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
Asperger’s Syndrome – While no longer a formal medical diagnosis, Asperger’s Syndrome is a type of Autism Spectrum condition that affects communication and socialization skills.
High-functioning Autism – HFA is not a formal medical diagnosis but instead refers generally to individuals with Autism, often inclusive of Asperger’s, who have normal to above average intelligence while also possessing underdeveloped social skills.
Neurodiversity – or neurological diversity, refers to the diversity of human brains and minds, how we process information and relate to each other and to the idea that this is a natural, valuable form of diversity.
Neurodiversity is at the core of the Think Differently cause and mission.
Autism-at-Work Success Stories
|Global Software Company||150+ FTEs in over 12 countries||IT
|94%||Retention rate over 5 years|
|International Financial Services Firm||115+ FTEs in 7 countries||Personal bankers
|90%||Increase in productivity in first 6 months|
|Leading Global Consultancy||90 FTEs in 2 locations||Data analytics
|2X||New skill acquisition at Twice the rate of peer group|
In consultation with our Advisory Board and other Autism at Work Employers, Potentia offers this highly customizable Roadmap to help develop your Neurodiversity program.