This is what autism friendly workplace sounds like to me.
Those places can exist; maybe this world needs more autistic managers and workgroups where we have blind and deaf people so we’ll all have to learn more about communication, and how it cannot simply be all that reading between the lines of use of facial expressions, tones of voice, unspoken and unwritten messages…
If I’ll work in a paid environment again, it’ll have to be autism friendly. My home is autism friendly, and the offices should be too. For workgroups, they’ll just either have to be mostly composed of men, or of people with a lot of variety so that the female-typical in-person communication methods won’t be the dominating communication styles.
Edit: thoughts for after reading the linked article…
What has so far been the biggest fail of workplaces is the use of sight and communication styles to exclude people. It feels so obvious and like so an easy a fix. Don’t use facial expressions or bosy languages as the main means to communicate your message, and don’t use “tone of voice” to communicate further between the lines. Choose your words wiser when you talk, provide instructions in the format a person can use (such as digital), and if there’s an issue with a person, use a direct approach. What has been done by other people in unnamed places: not address issues directly but thru very unnecessary loops; not ask about accommodations when apparently necessary; being a manager with no connection to employees, just staring a numbers at some computer generated statistics chart while focusing on themself; being a micro manager; using abusive language
Those who know me, and the readers who’ve followed long enough, are well aware that I like to focus on the positive. My last post was not the happiest because life has been hard and it is wearing on me.
We’ve been having conversations in the comments on this site and on Twitter. Talking about all of the problems and hardships Autistic people face in the world. In general I feel like focusing on your problems all the time can be a very dangerous thing. Shifting our attention to solutions tends to be much more effective.
Today I would like to write about my dream world – a world that is more friendly to Autistic people. Maybe some day, long after I am gone, it will be a reality.
It is a beautiful place, where there are always quiet spaces to get away when you need a private moment. Every…
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