Sunday, July 3, 2016

Autistic Employees Seen as Assets by Employers

         One of the biggest concerns among parents of autistic children is how said child will fair after high school, when the support system of Special Services and supportive teachers is gone, replaces   Fortunately, new research may show that the future is far brighter for young adults with autism.  Repetitive and logical tasks, usually considered boring by non-autistic people, are often more engaging for individuals with autism.  In many of these cases, workers with autism will perform just as well or will outperform their non-autistic co-workers.
with the far more daunting prospect of finding—and keeping—a job.
            About forty percent of autistic adults are unemployed, which is higher than any other group with developmental disabilities.  It is suspected that this is mainly due to awkward interviews and widespread employer disinterest in accommodation and inclusion.  However, many employers are beginning to learn that, despite lacking traditional attributes such as people skills and routine flexibility, many autistic individuals are extremely skilled at noticing and working with patterns, as well as finding errors in such patterns.
            Autism, once seen as a difficult obstacle to overcome in the workplace, is now barely seen as an inconvenience—employers of autistic individuals have found that simple changes such as allowing frequent breaks and adjusting the lighting to prevent overstimulation can make a big difference.  Autistic adults may soon no longer be seen as less employable—and may, in fact, be seen as an asset by potential employers.

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