Efforts in Singapore to help companies be more inclusive to those with autism
Minister Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister for Manpower, recently addressed queries around how companies can be more inclusive to individuals with autism, in response to MP Cheng Li Hui.
Currently, the following efforts are underway to help companies hire individuals with autism:
- Up to 16% wage subsidy, through the Special Employment Credit, to employers who hire persons with disabilities (PwDs), including persons with autism,
- An additional 6% subsidy for PwDs above age 67,
- Open Door Programme (ODP), which is administered by SG Enable with funding support from Workforce Singapore (WSG), provides job placement and job support services for PwDs and their employers,
- PwDs can tap on the job matching, training and other support services provided by partner organisations, including the Autism Resource Centre
- Grant support for employers for job redesign and training.
From January 2016 to March 2019, Minister Teo cited, more than 2,000 PwDs were placed with close to 750 employers through ODP.
However, she noted that some employers and PwDs may have reservations about job fit and suitability of the work environment. To address these, Career Trial provides opportunities for employers and PwDs to try out each other and assess job fit. During the trial, which can be up to three months, jobseekers receive a training allowance from the Government.
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