Remploy’s Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Harry McPhillimy talks about supporting employees with Autism Spectrum Condition. Read his blog below.
Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder are all terms used to describe a particular neurodiverse spectrum of associated traits.
The term Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), better reflects the range of strengths and challenges associated with this. There is a saying that when you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. There is such variation in how different people experience it. Nevertheless, we know it is associated with difficulties in social communication and interaction, restricted areas of interest, difficulty managing change and sensory sensitivities. It can encompass attention to detail, great subject knowledge and problem-solving skills.
However, medical knowledge is not necessary to support your employees with ASC. In fact, the most important information to know is how the individual is impacted at work to help them achieve their maximum capability and the support of a specialist advisor can be the key to enabling this.
Sometimes organisations find out they have recruited someone with ASC after they have been taken on. In fact, I have supported employees who had not even recognised their own ASC traits until their child had received that diagnosis and they realised they themselves shared many of those traits. This then helped to make sense of their previous struggles and gave them a model they could use for dealing with issues at work, and home. Read more