Employers who hire loyal and talented autistic employees can benefit from documenting the main daily tasks that will recur for their employees.
While autistic employees are more than capable of performing the tasks of the job, having the step by step procedure of their role documented provides a great training tool when they're new (and such a tool is good for any new employee, not just autistic employees).
A documented procedure also helps provide structure to the employee's day -- like following a checklist of tasks that need to be completed each day, or following a recipe when cooking...the ingredients have to be added in the right amounts and at the right time for the dish to turn out as expected.
Give your employee a path and the proper expectations and he/she will strive to complete the procedure as directed, every time.
Having a documented procedure can help reduce your employee's overwhelm and anxiety about what they need to do next in their role. Especially, if their role is comprised of repetitive tasks -- a road map to your desired result will put everyone on the same page and set up your employee for great success.
Posted by Nick Venturella
It’s a catch 22 when job searching without much work experience.
Potential employers want you to have experience to get the job, but how can you get experience if no one will give you a shot to get your foot in the door and gain some experience in the first place?
One way to solve this issue is to take initiative and create your own experience.
Decide what kind of employment, and more specifically, what sort of position within a company you would like.
Think about your strengths and various aspects of your favorite activities – the activities you lose track of time doing. What about your favorite activities could translate to an employer?
For example, if you think content marketing and blog writing could be a viable position you can gain experience where you have none by creating fictitious writing assignments that might be like the sort of work you would hope to do if hired by a company.
This helps you practice your abilities and allows you to begin building a body of work that you could showcase to potential employers.
Even better than fictitious projects are real projects that you might get paid for as a freelancer. You can utilize sites like Fiverr.com, which provides freelancers of services, like writing, a platform to attract and complete small projects for real individuals and businesses starting at $5 per project.
Fiverr may not initially make you a lot of money, but it will certainly provide you at least some pay to gain real experience working for clients. You can build your portfolio and now you have something else to add to your resume: experience as an entrepreneur.
That shows potential employers that you’re a go-getter willing to take initiative to make something happen.
Posted by Nick Venturella
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Autism TEDxDCU Talk: Adam Harris
Here's a TEDxDCU talk with Adam Harris from Ireland. Harris talks about the importance of society listening to autistic people to work together to achieve greater things.
The Creative Thinking Power of Autism
This article from TheGuardian.com showcases a study that supports autistic individuals display high levels of creativity.
This can be a major advantage to employers who need creative solutions and unique perspectives to solve issues internally and for their clients.