Thomas Gass (Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs), World Autism Awareness Day 2015 - Employment: The Autism Advantage
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a Call to Action at the event, inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ persons with autism.
A wide range of private sector initiatives to increase employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum were showcased at the event. Companies presenting included, Microsoft, SAP and Towers Watson, as well as CAI, Ernst & Young, Freddie Mac, Hewlett-Packard, Oliver Wyman, Rising Tide Car Wash and ULTRA Testing.
The keynote address was delivered by Governor Jack Markell of Delaware who, as Chair of the National Governors Association in the U.S., led a year-long initiative to increase hiring of persons with disabilities. Other speakers included employees on the autism spectrum, leading academics, civil society advocates, public officials, diplomats and United Nations experts. The event was moderated by Bill Blakemore journalist and former anchor at ABC News.
Further information on the event and the Call to Action is available at the WAAD website: