All over the world high functioning people with autism have suffered from having invisible needs for support. Up to 3m people in the US and 78m people globally may have autistic traits enough to get a diagnosis within the autism spectrum. More than half of these probably are high functioning and as such a great – yet – untapped pool of skilled resources for the corporate sector – in particular within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math sector. The unemployment rate is up to 90% for people with autism which leads to bad health conditions for most of them.
Since 1997, iDE has been a using a market-based approach to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hand washing (WASH) in rural areas, globally. iDE has developed an effective market-based approach to improving rural sanitation that is rooted in the Human Centered Design (HCD) process.