More and more people are starting to realize that autism is more than a disorder. Having ASD(Autism Spectrum Disorder) can actually be a good thing. For example, autistic people have an excellent memory and they’re also very creative. Businesses like Microsoft and SAP have special recruitment programs for people with autism because even they believe in the beauty of autism.
What is Autism(ASD)?
Autism is a pretty wide term and there are 4 types of it. I’m going to briefly explain them all to you.
● Asperger Syndrome
So the first one is probably the most well-known. Asperger syndrome is the mildest version of ASD and that’s why a lot of people with this type of autism can function pretty well in society. Someone with Asperger is usually intelligent en (relatively) independent, but they’re also very bad at social interaction.
● PDD-NOS(Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)
People with PDD-NOS have the same symptoms as people with Asperger but a bit intenser. This type of autism is also a residual category for people who have a pervasive developmental disorder but don’t fit into the other 3 categories.
● Autistic Disorder/Classic Autism
Someone with an Autistic Disorder has the same symptoms as people with the Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS but even at a more intense level. It used to be called Classic Autism before it changed to Autistic Disorder.
● CDD (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder)
This is the most severe type of autism, it's also the rarest. Children with CDD lose their social, language, and mental skills between the ages of 2 and 4. Usually, these kids also develop a seizure disorder. I consider CCD as purely a disorder.
Research found out that having autism can give you a lot of noteworthy strengths. Those autistic strengths can be used to excel in a few areas and that’s, of course, very useful. For example, some people with autism have a very rich fantasy, which could be used to write an amazing novel. Lots of other autistic people are very creative and that skill can be used to come up with the perfect solution for a problem. Believe me, it goes on and on like that. I’ve made you a list with some of the most useful autistic strengths, enjoy.
People with autism:
● Are trustworthy
● Can work very well alone
● Have great attention to detail
● Are creative
● Have excellent senses
● Have a great sense of humor
● Don't care about fitting in
● Have an excellent memory
● Have a rich fantasy
And many more!
Parents and educators of children with autism should focus on these strengths instead of the child’s weaknesses. Only then are kids with ASD able to fulfill their true potential.
Yes, it's true. A lot of celebrities are/were (probably) autistic. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to make you a list with some of the most noteworthy autistic celebrities. And to the autistic people reading this, maybe you'll become one of them someday. Have fun reading this list!
● Albert Einstein - Physicist
● Charles Darwin - Biologist
● Isaac Newton - Physicist and Mathematician
● Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Musician
● Bill Gates - Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation
● Steve Jobs - Former CEO of Apple
● Michelangelo - Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet
● Nikola Tesla - Inventor
● Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Nintendo’ s Pokémon
● Abraham Lincoln - Former US President
● Vladimir Putin - Russian President
● Emily Dickinson - Poet
● Thomas Jefferson - Former US President
● Daryl Hannah - Actress
● Courtney Love - Singer
● Temple Grandin - Zoologist
And many more!
These people are the proof that someone with autism can succeed in nowadays society.
Programs More and more employers are starting to realize that having an autistic person on the work floor can be a good thing. Therefore, companies like Microsoft, SAP, and Ford have set up recruitment programs focused on people with ASD. They, and lots of other businesses, believe in the beauty of autism.
- Microsoft’s “Autism Hiring Program”
Microsoft describes its program as “recruitment, retention and career development strategy related to diversity and inclusion”. An employee with an autistic son came up with this brilliant idea. The program includes a multi-day event where people with autism can show their talents in the hope to be hired.
- SAP’s “Autism At Work”
SAP’s is an international tech company from Germany and their goal is to hire 650 autistic people by 2020. They now have 120 autistic employees and I think that’s great. SAP is doing an amazing job.
- Ford’s “Ford Inclusive Works”
Ford is also an ASD-friendly company. They’ve partnered up with the Autism Alliance of Michigan(AAM) to found their program “Ford Inclusive Works”. The AAM determines which jobs at Ford are suitable for people with autism and they also help autistic people with keeping their job. Pretty fantastic right?
The aforementioned companies offer people with autism jobs, which means there are suitable jobs for autistic people. For example, Microsoft notes that people with autism are often (though not always) best suited for careers as Software Engineer, Service Engineer, Build Engineer, Lab Engineer, Data Analyst or Data Scientist. I’ve made you a list with some suitable jobs for people with autism, enjoy.
● Software Engineer
● Service Engineer
● Build Engineer
● Lab Engineer
● Data Analyst
● Data Scientist
● Computer Programmer
● Graphic Designer
● Web Designer
● Commercial Artist
And many more!
Most of the time, people with autism are very suitable for these jobs. Sometimes, they even have an advantage against normal people.
People with ASD can make a difference in nowadays society. They have special talents that the average human doesn’t have and that’s something good. It’s important that people with autism get the chance to fulfill their potential because it would be such a pity otherwise. Companies like Microsoft, SAP, and Ford are already giving autistic people opportunities, which means that the future looks bright. See the beauty in autism and you will be rewarded.