At first, some people may feel the urge to run around and tell everybody this new information when they find out they’re autistic. However, disclosing can be very tricky, especially in the workplace.
Autistic Pride isn’t just about celebrating who we are. It’s also about coming together, remembering those we’ve lost, and working together towards a brighter future for future generations of autistic and other neurodivergent people.
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When I go deliver a presentation, what people don’t realize is there are hours and hours of work that go into that presentation.
This week I wanted to talk about why I make a great employee as an autistic person, and I want to take that one step further and say not only why I’m a great employee as an autistic person, but why being an autistic person makes me a great employee. I’m not a great employee in spite of my autism.
I want to say that this might not be right for everyone. There are just some situations where unfortunately, for one reason or another, it just may not be safe for someone to be openly autistic because there are still plenty of stigma and misinformation out there. But those of us who are able to be openly autistic, it’s important because we do need to correct that misinformation. And just by existing and being honest and open with the world, we have the opportunity to do that.
Please watch this video and consider how many of these sensory accommodations will benefit MOST of your employees, not JUST your employees with sensory issues. Creating a more comfortable workforce is beneficial to your entire team.