These facts highlight the reasons that autistic people struggle in the typical work environment.
Picture an average meeting in a room, big table, sun light streaming through blinds that are moving back and forth due to the window being open, noise from cars coming in, 5 people talking over each other, one person speaking over the teleconference, charts quickly being flipped through in a PowerPoint presentation on a large TV with light reflecting off of it…and then everyone is looking at you, waiting for your input.
Where is the time to hear, to process, to understand? How do you cope with the sensory overload? How do you cope with the anxiety of “not getting it right”?
Autistic people have so much to contribute – and once we actively work to make our workplaces inclusive, we will finely see the light of autistic talent shine.