ASD: What does this mean for our current & future work force?
20 years ago Autism was a word that wasn't spoken of often, but today 1 in 68 children are affected. How does this affect our current and future workforces? But more importantly and how can we help change the #Stigma so that it will NOT.
I believe that knowledge is power. I hope to break down the Stigma of yet another hidden disability and create a place of greater understanding and support. As an employer hiring can be difficult but imagine the world from a place of disability.
ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorders are identified by 4 Characteristic Grouped Traits and Symptoms. The term "Spectrum" is used to refer to the wide range and levels of disabilities, symptoms, skills and broader impairments a child experience. Because the fact is no 1 person within the Spectrum is exactly like another.
These symptoms cause clinically significant struggles and impairments in important areas of life such as: Social settings, occupational settings or any other significant area of functionality of daily life.
- Pervasive and persistent deficits in spoken communication, social interactions including social settings, and in every day life.
- Symptoms are present before age 2 and persist through out life. During early development is when cases are noticed
- Restricted interests or hyper interest in activities or things, Repetitive or patterned behaviors, activities, or interest.
Although ASD is challenging a person diagnosed has a very good chance of living an inclusive life when provide with early intervention support. Early intervention and continued support is how a person within the spectrum learn to function within the world they exist as well as the world they have to participate within society.
I challenge you today to seek knowledge because there are individuals within your company that are dealing with a hidden disabilities, ASD included.