One of my favorite shows –
One of my Favorite contributors who blogs about Autism on The Mighty, Melissa McGlensey , shares 30 things that all employers should know and remember about Autism.
The Mighty teamed up with Autism Society to ask their readers for advice they’d offer employers about working with people with autism for this piece. Below are only a few of my favorite.
“First you have you give [people with autism] a job, a chance to try. Without that, nothing else matters.” — Teresa Duncan Johnson
“Understand that people with autism have a different way of thinking.” — Brian Mah
“Keep in mind it will be different for everybody. The fact that you once met your neighbor’s cousin’s nephew’s friend with autism does not mean you understand autism. Each person is unique.” — Tarina Beatty
“Don’t judge us, especially if we stim.” — Mandy Rain
“If all your employees were as dedicated, had such meticulous attention to detail, were as honest and reliable as people with autism, you wouldn’t have any concerns.” — Cheryl Joyce
“You might have the best and most loyal worker on your hands when you learn to tap into their strengths.” — Marisa Ulrich
Please check out The Mighty (one of my favorite websites) and read the full article (which I can take NO credit for) here.
Lamar Hardwick contributor to popular disability page The Mighty shares a story that many of us can relate to. In response to a comment that many of us have heard before “You don’t look / seem Autistic? You must not be THAT Autistic.” As if all Autistic people look the same.
by The Aspie World
Everyone is different. Some of these symptoms I share, and there are a few that I used to but no longer have.
Here is my feedback on these things.
- My nervous stimms are biting the inside of my mouth, clenching my jaw and tongue.
- Changing my routine last minute really stresses me out IF I do not have a backup plan.
- Food has to have a LOT of flavor and needs to be the correct texture and temperature. Bland food makes me gag.
- Smells that do not smell like food make me nauseated or give me a headache. Especially cleaning supplies.
- Sounds – I hate florescent lights and loud car revs or sudden loud noises really grab me and send me into a panic.
- I am OBSESSED with my hobbies. Right now it is this website.
- I definitely like to wear the same type of thing all the time. I buy like 5 of the same shirt or pants in different colors if I find one I like.
- I never realized this was a problem until recently but I definitely cant read this on people I don’t know well.
- The grocery store is the worst, and I avoid crowded events. Cant do it.
- I can talk really fast but have learned to slow down, however I do have problems repeating the same thing over and over again when I talk to people. It is embarrassing because I don’t even realize when I am doing it.