In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the employment of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Americans with disabilities are already returning to work in droves. More than 35% of the disability community ages 18-64 were employed in September — the highest rate(opens in new tab) since the U.S. began tracking this figure in 2007, and up from 31% right before the pandemic. By contrast, 78% of adults without disabilities were employed — about the same as the pre-pandemic figure.
This surge is largely due to a labor market that has remained tight for about two years and employers’ shifting perspective on work-from-home and hybrid environments and other accommodations that attract workers with disabilities to fill open positions.