3 Ways To Be A Better Ally To People With Autism In The Workplace

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Autism is one form of neurodivergence where the brain works differently than a brain that is considered typical. Autistic behaviors are on a continuum and can vary greatly from person to person. Social communication challenges, sensory issues and restricted, repetitive behaviors are most common. Symptoms of autism may include the inability to speak verbally, use or understand gestures, make eye contact, recognize emotions and intentions in others, self-regulate one’s emotions, take turns in conversation and gauge personal space.

Autistic people may make repetitive body movements (e.g., rocking, flapping, spinning, running back and forth) and repetitive motions with objects (e.g., spinning wheels, shaking sticks, flipping levers) and prefer rigid routines (e.g., same daily schedule, meal menu, clothes, route to school). While the research is still new, it is believed that the neurons in autistic brains…..

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