Context of Digitalized Employment for Older Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the New Normal

Elias Mpofu, Michał T. Tomczak, Nathan Hutson, Lucy Gafford, Rongfang Zhan

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Employers are actively considering how to normalize remote work technology across different industries. The residual risk of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) will necessarily lower the bar for allowing some workers to stay remote on a more permanent basis. This is based on the realization that many essential jobs can be teleworked while retaining or enhancing productivity. The decisions employers make regarding future work arrangements are based upon assumptions and evidence collected over the course of the pandemic, which are framed in a neurotypical context. This chapter examines the potential benefits and risks of mainstreaming telecommuting or remote working for older adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In doing so, this chapter considers different work and job redesign tools, which might be necessary to enable successful remote working including assistive technology and low-cost solutions based on publicly available software. Moreover, we consider technology-based solutions aimed at improving the long-term work well-being of older adults with ASD. Finally, we examine career stage and transition considerations with older adults with ASD in the context of the new normal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Human Resources
Subtitle of host publicationthe New Normal
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783031098031
ISBN (Print)9783031098024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Change
  • Connectedness
  • Digital
  • Older adults
  • Remote
  • Smart work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Psychology


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