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Nice read

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zzzzz Wed 22-May-13 23:11:56

One wonders how many of their staff have ASD anyway, but it makes a change to hear a more positive ASD story. grin

ouryve Thu 23-May-13 07:48:07

Quite a few of DH's colleagues have some very strong traits. Yep, he works in software development.

I do hope they're recruiting at the same wage they'd pay someone without ASD, though. There's been a few schemes where companies have wanted to tap into the "unique intelligence" of people with ASD and they've recruited them on small trainee salaries or as interns, despite being as well qualified as NT peers.

zzzzz Thu 23-May-13 08:27:51

shock ouryve

PolterGoose Thu 23-May-13 09:47:33

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Ilisten2theradio Thu 23-May-13 10:09:00

DH sent me this to read too.
I think its good to see some positive media coverage but I get what you are saying PolterGoose about the stereotyping. Still in DS's case its probably true smile

zzzzz Thu 23-May-13 10:34:33

Yes the article itself made me cringe a little. The some autistic people are bright slant sounded hmm. I think it's important for people to realise that people with sn can and do work and contribute. I think that's why I like Temple Grandins take on the ASD gluts in silicone valley etc.

I think it's also what a I find so uncomfortable about ms school discussions of children with ASD (or any other disability) having to cope with nt schooling techniques/environments. I think we are ms. I also think most of the adaptions needed are helpful for ALL children.

PolterGoose Thu 23-May-13 11:39:45

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mrsbaffled Thu 23-May-13 14:40:34

Surely they should be aiming to have more than 1% as that is just a representative sample ?!

Yes, the 1% figure was a bit hmm when the article also mentioned 1% of the population have ASD! But I guess if only 15% of people with ASD are in employment, 1% is at least above average.

zzzzz Thu 23-May-13 18:29:46

If 1% of the population have ASD then 1% employed in your company is proportional representation. No?

It is proportional, but actually if only 15% are in employment it's better than average. 15% of 1% is only 0.15% of people in employment have ASD, so 1% is better than that.

I've confused myself now confused What point was I trying to make?

PolterGoose Thu 23-May-13 18:44:04

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zzzzz Thu 23-May-13 19:10:19

I think that if you are talking about the entire population with autism, there must be some recognition that employment is not a realistic aim for all. I think 50% of individuals diagnosed with autism (in all forms) have IQ's below 70. I don't think that represents an insurmountable obstacle to employment but presumabley is a pretty niche job market, and certainly if you add comorbids in and even lower cognitive ability I think employment would be far lower down on the wish list.

In that context is 15% very low?

I don't know, I am thinking IYKWIM. My first feeling was WOW. hmm

ouryve Thu 23-May-13 20:06:22

DH was bursting to tell me about this when he got home from work. They'd been chatting about it because the company makes their time sheets!

moosemama Fri 24-May-13 10:03:30

I'm not comfortable with the way they've gone about advertising it to be honest.

Dh is a senior manager in IT and always has a few members of his team who are on the spectrum, either dxd or undxd. He says that the companies he's worked for employ people who have ASD without realising it, rather than actively seeking them out, because the individuals they employ have the right skill-set and work hard, rather than wasting time chatting and socialising with the rest of the team. I would think that's similar in most IT firms. Having ASD doesn't actually come into it, they are employed as individuals, because they are the right people for the job. In his line of work, not having great social skills at interviews doesn't necessarily hold you back.

On one level it's a good thing in terms of helping people realise that ASD does not equal unemployable - but on the other it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable for a company to be advertising actively seeking out people who have an ASD diagnosis, as if that somehow makes them benevolent, when in actual fact they are just employing the right people for the job. It would be interesting to hear their take on employing people with other disabilities and/or individuals who have ASD, but are not 'stereotypical' computer whizz-kids. hmm

zzzzz Fri 24-May-13 11:25:42

You've put your finger on my reservations brilliantly moose.

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