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Artwork below, created by artists who have autism, are part of the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection.
One in 59 -- that's the staggering worldwide statistic of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). With almost 3.5 million people having autism, ASC is now the world's fastest-growing developmental disability.
In recognition of Autism Inclusion Month and World Autism Awareness Day, JPMorgan Chase spotlights the talents of our colleagues in this community and reinforces the importance of neurodiversity inclusion. The month also provides an opportunity for employees to learn more about our global Autism at Work program and explore ways to be better partners to colleagues on the spectrum.
Since its inception almost five years ago, the Autism at Work program has resulted in the hiring of individuals who demonstrate every day what it means to persevere, adapt and overcome. The program continues to evolve and expand to meet the firm's professional needs and identify new ways to support employees. Autism at Work initiatives include:
- Designated autism-related chat rooms to share ideas and best practices,
- Instructor-led and eLearning autism inclusion training for managers and colleagues throughout the firm,
- Strategic partnerships to serve youth on the spectrum, including the launch of the Cyber Camps program in the United Kingdom later this year.
While autism can present ongoing challenges with social interaction and communication, with the right support many individuals on the autism spectrum can become productive contributors to the workplace while gaining skills to benefit themselves and their communities.
Even as we adjust to the “new normal" of remote work, social distancing and sheltering in place to fight COVID-19, we remain committed to our belief that all talent at our firm is valuable. By combining our individual strengths, JPMorgan Chase delivers its best to employees, clients, customers and communities. Inclusion makes us a better organization.