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Apparently, the @USGS is currently operating a program where autistic students act as "volunteers" for the Bureau - performing work that they would typically pay non-disabled people significant amounts of money for. usgs.gov/science-suppor… Many of the students are on the autism spectrum and have a passion for completing repetitive tasks with accuracy, precision, and close attention to detail—an invaluable asset for a science agency.  The students' efforts preserve our data and make it more accessible. As they are volunteers, they provide assistance at little cost to the Bureau.  Overall, it's a win-win for both students and scientists alike. A group of students digitized nearly 500,000 paper records of banded birds, making these records available to scientists studying biodiversity and migration. As scanning was done previously by contractors at a cost of $1 per record, the students' work is valued at roughly almost half a million dollars....
@USGS While there are a great many excellent autism & neurodiversity hiring programs, we're also seeing a disturbing trend of employers hiring #ActuallyAutistic people at below market (or no) wages and expecting us to be grateful for the opportunity.
@USGS The #ActuallyAutistic community badly needs to develop a set of ethical standards around #AutismAtWork programs, very soon.
@USGS If you're saving half a million dollars because of the labor autistic adults are providing you, you really should be paying them.
@USGS And no, the chance to "gain valuable job skills to support their goals of seeking employment and living independently" doesn't count as pay.
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