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TEDx Talk on Autism and Employment

IMG_0042In November 2019, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation communications coordinator Claire Barnett spoke at TEDxVanderbilt about autistic employment.

Her talk, titled “Why autistic unemployment is so high – and what we can do about it,” explores several reasons that autistic adults struggle to obtain meaningful work. Barnett also discusses the steps that both businesses and individuals can take to promote inclusion of people with autism in the workforce.

The Frist Center’s “Nashville Model” is featured in the talk, as well as the Center’s partnership with global professional services firm Ernst and Young (EY).

To view the talk, click here or see the video below. If you would like to have Claire speak to your organization about employing autistic talent, you can email her at