What is it about?

Hiring agents, recruiters, agencies, human resource personnel, and anyone responsible for job selection, are the gateway to employment for everyone. Research demonstrated that hiring agents’ personal beliefs significantly impact who they select for open positions. Findings highlighted beliefs such as stereotyping, legislative misunderstanding, social pressure, and discrimination cause hiring agents to regularly pass up qualified autistic candidates.

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Why is it important?

All people, including those with disabilities, deserve equal and equitable employment opportunity as a matter of social justice and civil rights. The United Nations, along with hundreds of countries around the world, mandate the full, equal, and equitable employment of all people, including those with disabilities, without discrimination. Employment increases an individual’s quality of life and positively stimulates the economy and reduces government spending; thus, increasing the quality of life for everyone.


This research demonstrated a definitive need for increased regulatory mandates and ongoing training for all those responsible for selecting individuals to fill job openings. I believe the findings detailed in this article can help develop organizational and public policy aimed at furthering the equal and equitable employment rights of disabled individuals and other minority groups. After all, ethical civil rights and equitable employment opportunity extend to every individual on the planet.

Dr. Angela Marie Mai
Walden University

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This page is a summary of: Hiring Agents’ Beliefs: A Barrier to Employment of Autistics, SAGE Open, July 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2158244019862725.
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