Hart Schaffner Marx, the American tailored suit brand, has partnered with Autism Workforce to foster awareness of autism in the workplace.
Doug Williams, chief executive officer of W Diamond Group, said, “At Hart Schaffner Marx, we’ve created an environment to give all of our employees a healthy and positive working experience where they are provided the tools and encouragement to succeed.” That’s in contrast to the norm where “individuals with autism are constantly asked to adjust their world to meet the expectations of the mainstream community.”
The company, which employs more than 800 American workers, has established several employee programs that include equal employment opportunities for individuals with autism in their facilities.
David Geslak, president of Autism Workforce, said that individuals with autism are willing to work but few places are “prepared to create an environment to fully benefit from these individuals.” He added that partnering with the men’s wear brand “shines a light on this issue for the fashion industry, a community that is less familiar with both the struggles and unexpected strengths of this community.”
Autism Workforce said that many with autism “thrive in jobs that require repetitive tasks, which is a tremendous asset because those are the same jobs that are hard to keep filled.”