Research Participation and Employment of Persons with Autism Spectrum in Library and Information Science: A Review of the Literature
Keywords:autism, recruitment, participatory design, neurodiversity, employment, diversity
AbstractPersons with autism spectrum disorder are a growing population and important to library and information science research and employment in libraries. Including them in all stages of research about the neurodivergent experience is valuable, and their input and participation is increasingly used in technology research, particularly usability studies. Neurodiverse persons also have unique abilities that align with a wide array of information professions and accommodations can be made that allow them to thrive in the workplace. It is critical that meaningful involvement of autistic individuals is a component of making policy at all levels.