HSM is an American manufacturer of tailored menswear with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Doug William, CEO, was motivated by his own experience of having a son with autism and by the growing number of employment-aged adults with autism, to hire from this untapped workforce. However, to create jobs that would be purposeful to HSM, sustainable for the individuals with autism and to successfully prepare his current employees he realized he could not do this alone. After reading the New York Times Article about David Geslak, he gave him a call.
Together Doug, David and the Autism Workforce team helped to pioneer employment processes for hiring those with autism in a manufacturing setting. In total, HSM hired 7 individuals in 4 different departments (customer service, special orders, distribution and information technology). These results are why Universities and researchers flocked to understand how they made this happen – especially for autistic individuals who are not perceived to be on the high end of the spectrum.