@baysha : You might be managing people who are on the autism spectrum. You might be a manager who is on the spectrum. You might be on the spectrum and managed by somebody. Or you just want to learn a bit about autism.
We’ll use this Club thread to share resources mentioned during the session and answer any questions we don’t get to during the live session.
Looking forward to all the answers to the questions asked. Also need to keep an eye out when the recording will be available
Fortunately not that hard for me - I have a high verbal intelligence so that more or less compensates for my autism. So I’m not really a typical autistic person in that regard. Obviously my anxiety is high during an interview (as it was during this talk) but I usually realise it only after the interview - that’s when the anxiety and mental exhaustion hits.
Also, preparation and overpreparation helps a lot.
Yes! I do have very brief moments (mostly just split-seconds) of actual eye contact with my son so I can say from personal experience that it’s something qualitatively very different.
That depends. If you’re in a position where you’re able to choose an employer who’s enlightened, accepting and willing to learn, do it and if the interviewers reject you because of that, celebrate that you’ve dodged a bullet and move on to the next interview. But not everybody has such luxury. If you feel it might endanger your position because of all the misconceptions that are around autism and other neurodiversities, don’t disclose. You can still advocate for your specific needs even without disclosing your diagnosis.
One thing I’d like to add to what I said on the live Q&A. What has changed for me is that I’m much more accepting of peoples’ differences. Before my diagnosis I’ve held not only myself, but also others to this insane “perfect human” standard. Now that I know I’m different, I’ve learned not only to accept that everybody is different, but to actually celebrate our differences and the different strengths they bring to the team/society/community.
Amazing. Thanks for the great answer
Everybody, feel free to post other questions here or send me a PM on Slack!