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.
If you want to learn more go to NIMH Austsim Spectrum Disorder
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
Again for more information you can go to the link above.
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.
Also to learn more go to the link near to the top of the page
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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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.
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.