The aims of HAO2 are to: 1) be profitable; 2) promote the inclusion of individuals who are often excluded from employment, both through the manner in which HAO2 is run (promoting this through communication) and by enabling them to enter the workplace by using training (for example on communication skills, team work or interview skills); and 3) develop innovative products that benefit users and improve their quality of life.
An example of this is the 3DNovations Hub, developed by and for people with autism, which is aimed at local authorities or partnerships that want to create more vocational training and employment opportunities for people with autism.
One large pharmaceutical firm has now undertaken to employ 1% of its workforce made up of people on the autistic spectrum.
With support of UK Trade & Investment (a governmental organisation), HAO2 has recently expanded into China, a major opportunity from a business perspective.
The UK Minister for People with Disabilities has made use of the new Autism Innovation Meet-up grid and Hao2 has been able to introduce the RRI Tools project to the Minister as a result.