1. Develop a toolkit of best practices for hiring and supporting adults on the spectrum in the workplace.
  2. Encourage public and private organisations to pledge commitment to a voluntary quota for special needs hire.
  3. Build a continuum of solutions for adults on the spectrum who are unable to work for pay.

Difficulties with achieving stable employment reduces the quality of life for many persons on the autism spectrum. While the government has implemented many measures to incentivise employers to hire and support persons with disabilities, there continues to be significant barriers to employment still for this group of people. It is hoped that the recommendations in this section will provide concrete direction as to how these barriers may be overcome.

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  9. 3rd Enabling Masterplan Steering Committee, 3rd Enabling Masterplan 2017 – 2021: Caring Nation, Inclusive Society (2016), p. 54
  10. Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Factsheet on Enabling Employment Credit (accessed 12 March 2020).
  11. SG Enable website (accessed 3 March 2020)
  12. SG Enable website (accessed 9 March 2020)
  13. Goh Yan Han, “New accreditation for firms hiring people with disabilities” The Straits Times (Singapore), 9 Oct 2020.
  14. President’s Challenge website (accessed 9 March 2020)

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