Autism and Asperger's syndrome

Find out about TSSA's work with Autism

Autism and Aspergers'

Autism is defined with many labels.  It is now diagnosed with high-mid-low level functions.  Asperger’s was the term previously used for what is now called high-functioning autism.  

Additional types of autism also include PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder).  Autism in any form is defined through the impact on social communication, social interaction and impairment in imagination.

It is thought that between 1 in 54 to 1 in 38 have autism in some form

A diagnosis is available through the NHS although waiting lists can belong.  You could be referred to a psychologist for diagnosis

Features of Autism


  • Unbiased decision making  
  • Strong sense of fairness and justice
  • Detail orientated
  • Extensive knowledge
  • Extreme Empathy                                                                                                                          


  • Lack of eye contact
  • Handling change poorly
  • Making and maintaining relationships
  • Disorganised
  • Lack of empathy

Autism - Reasonable Adjustments

Some suggestions for workplace changes are listed below

Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below but, this is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable.

  • Management style changes
  • Job role clarity and target clarity
  • Communication methodology
  • Recruitment from advertising to probation
  • Environment and workplace
  • Meetings and training

If you have any concerns or want to find out more please contact your TSSA rep or the TSSA Helpdesk

Want to find out more about autism – here's the best place to start

National Autism Society

Autism Tedx Talk

TSSA Helpdesk

0800 328 2673 United Kingdom

1800 805 272 Republic of Ireland

Helpdesk Enquiry Form

Member advice from our Helpdesk

If you are a TSSA member and are looking for advice or assistance in connection with your employment or membership, you can contact our Members’ Helpdesk.

We can advise on a range of workplace issues including; discipline and grievance hearing, maternity rights and redundancy.

Helpdesk opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Thursday  |  09:00 - 16:00 Friday

Please note: we cannot undertake to provide advice to non-members, to members of other unions, or to members on behalf of their partners/friends. If you are not yet a member, please join TSSA online.