For Employers

Managing an Autistic Employee

Working with someone on the autism spectrum (including those with Asperger syndrome), can be an enriching experience for managers and colleagues alike, but it may also present some challenges. The National Autistic Society explain how to avoid or overcome any difficulties, in order to ensure enjoyable and effective working relationships.

Many autistic people have a variety of sometimes exceptional skills that enable them to thrive in roles ranging from sales assistant to computer programmer and journalist to statistician, to name a few. However, they are often disadvantaged when it comes to getting and keeping a job because of difficulties with social communication and interaction, other people’s lack of understanding, and sensory issues.

Autistic employees may need some support within the workplace. By taking some simple steps, your organisation will be meeting the Equality Act (2010) and Northern Ireland Disability Discrimination Act requirement for employers to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities.

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