Need workers who are attentive to detail? Have you considered an autistic person…

By | November 30, 2012
Need workers who are attentive to detail? Have you considered an autistic person?

A very beautiful story on integrating autistic people back into the real world: rather than looking at people by their weaknesses, look at them by their strengths. The half-empty vs. half-full metaphor applied to disability, and with a great result. I certainly hope that this way of looking at the world can be taught to HR folk across the spectra – it would make human diversity and our ability to get along with one another by appreciating each other much easier!

/via +Scott Barry Kaufman 

The Autism Advantage
Thorkil Sonne is betting that, given the right environment, an autistic adult could not just hold down a job but also be the best person for it.

2 thoughts on “Need workers who are attentive to detail? Have you considered an autistic person…

  1. Jake Weisz

    Asperger's served me very very well at the library. Numbers and all. I'm a SysAdmin now. I do have to avoid the politics bit, because I stumble a bit whenever it involves figuring out people. Of course, with people like a certain IBM employee I encountered here on Google+ the other day disregarding my remarks because they came from an autistic person… I imagine the challenge in proving that value is a steep hill.

    We have our weaknesses, no doubt. But if you catalog a book with the wrong Dewey Decimal Number on it, I am going to find it. 😉

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