The Untold Story: The Masked Experiences of Women with Autism Working in IT

Principal Investigator: Hala Annabi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UW Information School

Graduate Student: Lummy Lin, MSIM Student, UW Information School

There is a dearth of research on employment of women with autism, or which even includes sufficient numbers of women to derive any valid insights regarding the unique experiences of women with autism in IT. The goal of this project is to give a voice to women with autism in IT by investigating the challenges and opportunities they experience in the workforce.

The proposed study will address two questions:

  1. What are the opportunities and challenges women with autism face in the IT workplace?
  2. What characteristics of the organization, as well as diversity and inclusion interventions, maximize opportunities for inclusion and reduce challenges for women with autism in IT?