Williams said companies are starting to see not only the business benefits of hiring someone on the spectrum, but also the ethical and public relations benefits. "It is hard to measure it with a dollar, but it is the right thing to do. When you have a company that is willing to hire someone with a disability, it's a positive reflection on that company," she said.
Karen Carlisle, vice president at Nobis Works, said the most important thing for employers to remember when hiring someone on the spectrum is that they are always going to have autism, no matter how much training a placement program provides for them.
"We don't fix people with disabilities, we help people work with those disabilities and we work with managers and employers to help them understand these people," she said.
"There is hope for people on the autism spectrum in terms of finding work."
Still said she wishes employers would be aware that some people on the spectrum tend to be more sensitive. "And it may take us a bit more time to learn how to do something, but once we get it, we are very helpful. Many of us are dedicated to helping others, we just learn and show our dedication differently," she said.
She said she hopes that if and when she does find a job she can start telling her employer about her needs with Asperger's.
Despite not having a job since May 2012, Still said she isn't discouraged. Ideally, she hopes to work with animals in the future and be out in nature. She said she's hopeful because she knows she and others on the autism spectrum have a lot to offer.
"We are very intelligent," she said. "We are very focused if we are doing something we love." And that thought keeps her smiling.