Harry Specters – What skills do people with autism have?

The following article by Mona Shan appeared on the Harry Specters website and has been reprinted with kind permission. A previous article on Harry Specters can be read here, Harry Specters creates jobs for individuals with autism. Recently, an MBA student asked us a simple question as part of his project. “Why do more companies […]

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Autism in the workplace: an insider’s perspective

People with autism often boast a rare and valuable skillset but many employers are still reluctant to implement specific recruitment initiatives because they’re uncertain of what obstacles will stand in their way before that untapped potential can be realized. Here, SAP Canada employee Lydie Eustache sheds some light on the issue, offering candid advice to […]

Patterns for Success: #HighFunctioningMeans Career Challenges

For those of you who are active on Twitter, you may have witnessed an uprising of tweets from actually autistic people over the last week with three very poignant hashtags: #LowFunctioningMeans #HighFunctioningMeans #FunctioningLabelsMean The gist of this movement was to express the damage that functioning labels have done to many autistic people in setting certain […]

Patterns for Success: Find Your Own Way

We’ve talked a bit about how to land a job, how to get settled in, and some of the things that might trip you up along the way (and how to avoid tripping in the first place). The Internet is full of advice for parents of autistic children (some valuable, others, well, I’ll save that […]

Patterns for Success: Playing it Loose

The boss comes in and asks you to stop what you’re working on. He’s got something very important for you, and the more you hear, the dumber it sounds. “No. That’s stupid.” For many of us, that’s the gut reaction. It’s the first thing on our lips, and because we’re good, honest people, we say […]

Patterns for Success – Sleep

This week I’d like to share with you an area with which I still struggle, and I suspect that a lot of you might, also: restful sleep. You’ve got a great job now, and you’re productive and doing wonderful things. But if you’re anything like me, your sleep schedule has a natural tendency to invert: […]

Pieces in the Corporate Puzzle

In my recurring role at Autism Daily Newscast writing the Patterns for Success column, I normally share with you all practical advice for thriving in the corporate landscape as an autistic professional. As we’re all considering the symbolism of the puzzle piece within our community, I thought I might take a step to the side […]

Patterns for Success – I Picked the Wrong Career

Shutdown after shutdown comes, they start running into one another. Like wet runny paint on canvas, you can’t tell where one stroke of grey stops and another begins. Your will to continue wanes, your feelings are hurt and in a near constant state of depression, and one cold reality has hit you hard like a […]

Patterns for Success – The Break Room Slob

There it is again. Somebody left a bowl of hummus in the sink, half-filled with water, as if they’re waiting for someone else to come and clean it up. Or they just want you to be revolted by it. You know who it is. Jimmy from the Sales team was just eating hummus 20 minutes […]

Patterns for Success – Beware Your Instincts

It’s been a bit of a wild ride for me this year so far. So much change is going on, and sometimes (usually) I’m not good at giving myself the buffer and the time needed to adjust. Along with starting to write for Autism Daily Newscast, I’ve taken on a number of other responsibilities both […]

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