Autism is a spectrum condition which affects how people interact and communicate with the world.
What is autism?
Research shows that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with this neurodivergence
Males are four times as likely to be diagnosed than females
There are over 700,000 people on the autistic spectrum in the UK
Autism a neurological developmental disorder, characterised by repetitive patterns of behaviour and difficulties with social communication. Struggling to deal with change, mandatory actions or other points of view can be elements of this learning difference.
No definition can truly capture the range of characteristics people on the autistic spectrum experience in a world often found to be 'chaotic and illogical.'
'High Functioning Autism' is an expression used to describe cases where the behavioural and communicative elements are present, but do not impact on intelligence. An example of this would be Asperger’s Syndrome.
Common autism challenges:
- Speech and articulation
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Perceiving others emotional state
- Processing information
“If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.”
"I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone."
Common autistic strengths
Attention to Detail
People on the autistic spectrum often have great attention to detail and focus. This means they are able to search through a lot of information for specific content!
Efficiency is another common strength. They are usually very good at following rules, sequences and orders, meaning with the right structure can be super efficient.
People on the autistic spectrum are logical thinkers, as they can struggle to consider emotional factors. This brings an innovative and objective approach to problem solving.
People with Autism also build encyclopaedic knowledge on topics of interest, retaining lots of information. Visual memory is often also strong in a similar way.
Examples of good jobs for people with autism
- Web Developer
- Content Designer
- Communications Manager
- Data Officer