Autism Awareness in the workplace

What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave , chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.
— Dr. Temple Grandin

I refer to Autism as having an Autistic Spectrum 'Condition', rather than the more traditionally used 'disorder', because it's a different way of seeing things. People with Autism can have a huge amount to offer in the workplace. However, to effectively support somebody with an ASC, we need to be aware of how they may see the world, what their needs are, and what we can do to enable them to succeed.

The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 require employers to take reasonable steps to accommodate the needs of all employees and prospective employees. To do this, we have to have an understanding of what those needs may be, and how to be able to communicate effectively to develop reasonable accommodations.

This course will help you achieve that by covering:

  • Understanding what Autism is

  • What the person with Autism may be able to offer in your workplace

  • How we can make an environment more Autism friendly

  • Considering suitable management and communication styles  

  • Developing Reasonable Accommodations in partnership with the employee.