Is Hiring Autistic Male Coders Neurodiversity Inclusion Or Exploitation?

As someone who has worked in disability inclusion for over twenty years, I have been inspired by deliberate recruitment programs and delighted that for once, we are considering disability as synonymous with talent, rather than a patronizing public service project. I was hoping that they would lead to “systemic inclusion,” where a growing range of talents and diversity was enabled by these trail-blazing companies and recruiters. But, as these programs mature, I am not yet seeing the widening of the net. And so, in honour of International Women’s Day 2020 and inspired by Professor Amanda Kirby’s conference on the missing female representation in Neurodiversity inclusion, I too am now prompted to ask: Where Have All The Girls Gone?

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