How to Create an Autism-Friendly Workplace23 مرداد 1397 . 6 بازدید
While one in 68 children in America ranks somewhere on the autism spectrum (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), only 53 percent of autistic young adults are gainfully employed. Washington, D.C.-based mom Patti Pacelli was concerned about her autistic son Trevor's career prospects. Through the course of her research for her book “Six Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces," she found that in some companies autism is seen as an asset, not a liability
Autistic individuals have heightened senses, making sitting next to a break room or near a busy hallway extremely distracting. "Hearing people's conversations in the background, while it might not seem loud to someone else, seems really loud [to someone with autism] and cuts into their thinking so they can't focus on what they're doing," says Pacelli. Harsh florescent lighting can also be distracting. Providing quiet workstations and options for dimmer lighting or an escape room where they can get away for short breaks when they require quiet time are some of the accommodations employers can make to help autistic employees thrive.