Austism Spectrum Disorder

What is Austism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.

Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a developmental disorder

because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.

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What are the affects if ASD?

People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests,

and repetitive behaviors. The list below gives some examples of the types of behaviors that are seen

in people diagnosed with ASD. Not all people with ASD will show all behaviors, but most will show several

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More Imporant information

Autism is known as a spectrum disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity

of symptoms people experience. ASD occurs in all ethnic, racial, and economic groups. Although ASD

can be a lifelong disorder, treatments and services can improve a persons symptoms and ability to function.

Additional Information

  • Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
  • Symptoms that hurt the persons ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life

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Information about Discrimation agaisnt people with ASD

Autism is a hidden disability, with no external physical signs, and it encompasses a huge range of people,

behaviours, abilities and challenges which, for many non-autistic people, takes time to appreciate and understand.

That autistic people are disadvantaged is not surprising, given how we have built a world heavily dependent on tight

social coordination with others. Access to any employment opportunity requires candidates to navigate the social

encounter of the interview. Even getting to the first stage of an interview requires the ability to build

social capital and network with others. For people who have life-long difficulties in social interaction, the social process

of finding employment remains a considerable obstacle. A lack of eye contact, or a silence that lasts too long

can have very negative consequences for rapport. Yet autistic people may give off these signals unintentionally,

which is why employers need to look past small-scale social cues to take a broader perspective on what is meaningful interaction.

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Microsoft program opening the doors for people with ASD

Here is some information from: Microsoft

At World Autism Day, Mary Smith, corporate vice president of worldwide operations of Microsoft, announced that

Microsoft was about to launch a pilot program to hire people with autism. In the months since the program began,

Microsoft has hired 11 new employees who have autism and is actively seeking candidates for an ever-expanding list of

opportunities, including roles in software engineering, data science, customer service and operations, and for teams like

Windows, Xbox and HoloLens. The company plans to continue its growth of the program.

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft and head of the companys disAbility employee group said-

By adjusting our hiring practices, we are able to recruit from

a new talent pool a talent pool that is rich with mad skills.

We are hiring these folks because they are amazingly talented

individuals who are going to help us do amazing things at Microsoft.