Autism in the Workplace
People who have high-functioning autism face unique challenges when living independently and maintaining employment
When you hear that someone is autistic, you may immediately perceive the person as a genius with poor social skills, someone who lacks empathy for others or someone who is intellectually disabled and cannot work without being micromanaged.
“But these are all false stereotypes,” says Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D., Landmark Charities Professorship in Autism Research and Treatment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
The reality, Loveland adds, is that some people with autism spectrum disorders are very bright — despite differences in the ways they think and perceive the world — and can function well independently. In addition, many of them very much want to connect with other people and care about how they are perceived, although they may have difficulty relating socially and may sometimes appear as though they do not care.
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