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
- 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
Autism Tedx Talk
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