Autism in the Workplace

Ed Singleton

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Introduction to me

  • Autistic (Aspergers)
  • High functioning
  • Formally diagnosed for a year
  • 80 / 20

Autism / Aspergers

  • DSM has merged autism and Aspergers
  • Only 16% of autistic people are in full-time employment
  • High functioning autism is an IQ of over 70
  • Aspergers has no language difficulty

Side Effects

  • Repetition / Obsession
  • Social awkwardness
  • Over stimulation
  • Stubborness
  • Meltdowns
  • "Fizzy Mind"

Correlations

  • Insomnia
  • Clumsiness
  • Alcoholism
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Low muscle tone
  • Eating disorders

Neurological Differences

  • Larger brains
  • More neurons

Benefits

  • Systemizing
  • Repetition / Obsession
  • Radical honesty
  • Originality of thinking
  • More spare time
  • Attention to detail

Aspergers Archetype

  • Obsessive
  • Blunt
  • Intelligent
  • Original thinker
  • Not suited to physical work
  • Unsociable
  • Highly observant
  • Literal

It seems that for success in science or art a dash of autism is essential.

Hans Asperger

In the workplace

Over Stimulation

  • Noise
  • Smell
  • Light

Social problems

  • Resting 'whatever' face
  • Don't force socialising
  • Try to tolerate meltdowns
  • Less likely to be mentored

Work patterns

  • The unknown is scary
  • Agile / Kanban
  • Prefigure changes

Meetings

  • Don't expect people to speak up
  • Actively manage turn-taking

The changes that help autistic people tend to help everyone. Particularly in a STEM workplace.

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