Autism and work
In my life I've had quite a few different jobs, but almost all of them were voluntairing jobs. I've had a few jobs through temp agencies before I even knew that I had autism. These jobs were always quite a struggle. A job alwayd comes with certain factors that makes it really difficult for autistic people, especially if nobody knows that the autistic person has autism, or if the employer and coworkers are not experienced with autism. There are certain tasks that autistic people will always have great difficulties with, but that does not mean that an autistic employee is a disadvantage. Quite the contrary actually because autistic people have certain qualities and characteristics of which you wish that all your employees had, and there are certain tasks that many people with autism can do even better than people without autism. It's all about accepting the difficulties and appreciating the qualities instead of forcing an autistic person to do things they are really troubled with thinking 'if he does it often enough, he will eventually learn to do it'. Because this last approach definitely doesn't work.
In my lecture Autism and Work, I will tell more about the difficulties I've had and how they could have been solved easily, and I will go through a summary of situations which are good for autistic people and situations which can better be avoided.
Who is this lecture for?
Again, this lecture can be interesting for everybody but especially for employers and employees including autistic people themselfs. I hope to help creating a workenvironment which is autism friendly, and where autistic people can thrive, because they have enough qualities in them to be a part of this 'working society' too.