BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There's still an uphill climb for people on the spectrum in the workplace, but one Boston employer is actively reaching out to hire what are called neurodiverse individuals and make them feel welcome and comfortable in the office.
Accounting and consulting firm Ernst and Young's Boston office is among offices across the country with a Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence.
The center was created to hire employees whose differences like autism, dyslexia or non-verbal learning disorders tend to make them a tougher sell in the workplace.
Their goal is to recruit and encourage these employees who may think or operate a little different than other employees.
Jane Steinmetz is the head of Ernst and Young's Boston office and said neuro-diverse employees often think outside of the box and it's a two-way street for the company.
"The individuals that we hire, we hire them because they are able to figure out how to solve problems by thinking differently about them," said Steinmetz.
She said accommodations can be made for these employees, including softer lighting, quieter places to work and by being open and accepting of varying communication styles.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) Reports