How to Help Autistic People in Workspace

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Though we work hard on our family level to get rid of autism, we really need to work a lot harder to release India from the chains of autism altogether.

About 10 million people suffer from autism in India. Isn’t it an alarming state. One in every 66 children in India between the age of 2 – 9 suffer from Autism. Therefore we say that maximum therapies must start as soon the illness is detected.

But what if you realize that there is someone suffering from autism in your workspace? The autistic employees must be seen as assets not as burdens. Software giant, SAP, for example, recognizes the benefits autistic employees bring to their business. The minute attentions to every detail, ability to spot imperfections and follow precise guidelines that are common in autistic individuals are rare and valuable assets, especially in the field of software testing.

The companies who take in consideration the unique abilities of their autistic employees, their overall development will definitely increase.

One of the most noticeable attributes of people with autism is their ability to take right direction, but instructions should be clear, without use of sarcastic language or metaphors. Instead of saying “Don’t be late,” for example, saying “Be at your desk ready to start working at 9” is a better way to deliver instructions to an individual with autism. This is how one can make feel secured and adjusted to that work-space. Sarcastic comments or forceful commands can somewhere show them as burden or liability. Instructions given in writing is ideal, so they have something they can refer back to. Running by their desk and delivering a rapid message is more likely to result in misunderstanding and frustration for both parties.

Autistic individuals have high peeked senses, making sitting next to a break room or near a busy hallway is extremely distracting for them. 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. Harsh lighting can also be distracting and people’s sarcastic comments can also add to them. 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.

Also tackling to them in breaks, making them feel friendly, indulging them in meetings and presentation works, letting to make them project layout and giving proper space to express their idea, also indulging them decision makings and never discarding them just because they are a bit slow or inexpressive.

So keeping in mind such points and making effective moves with them can make ones workplace a lot better place, yielding even prosperous results. After all positive points from every section of employees is taken in consideration and no one is left unattended.

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