An initial study by the group looked into the state of knowledge about autism at employment agencies in Berlin against the background that many people with autism are underemployed or unemployed despite having professional qualifications. The results showed that very few employees of the publicly funded employment agency in Berlin have any knowledge about autism. Thus, the incidence of autism is often underestimated. The difficulties people with autism have in social interaction – as the avoidance of eye contact – are rarely recognized as typical indications of autism. Therefore, the strengths of people with autism are often overlooked, e.g., accuracy and a good eye for detail. An information sheet put out by the AFK is intended to help reduce misunderstandings and prejudices.
Another study is examining knowledge about autism in other professions, including general practitioners and teachers.