What’s the social and economic value of giving a job opportunity to someone with ASD?
For the person who gets the job, it’s almost invaluable. Working is the direct path to financial independence and personal achievement, higher self-esteem, etc.
And for society? Is investing in education and support for many years profitable? In recent years, measuring initiatives using the SROI (Social Return On Investment) has become quite popular.
This measure helps to compare social initiatives and, in several cases, has shown that an investment to help certain groups, even when substantial, can be profitable for society.
The Specialisterne model has been tested, and produced meaningful results according to the two following reports: