The autistic workplace
There was an article just recently which a few people seemed to have mentioned to me about a firm in the U.S called Auticon where all the staff are autistic. It was a news item by the BBC and I will include the link for it at the end of this post.
I love seeing these stories where parents have supported their kids in finding the right education place or work environment. If it hasn't been the environment which is right, I love even more that the parents go and make the correct place happen. There was another news story very similar to this a while ago where someone had set up a car wash scheme and employed all autistic staff. You also have people like Anna Kennedy who struggled to find a suitable education for her to sons and then went out to raise money to start a school for children in a similar situation.
It's so inspirational to see and also it gives us parents the hope to have that place where , yes our kids can get an education and fulfil employment but be safe and happy while being there. That's what it's all about really, making sure people are happy and comfortable in their day to day life whether they choose to work in an all autistic workplace or finding inclusion within other places too.
I just like to see everyone happy and settled. You can see that these places work, the environment with Auticon seems very relaxed and everyones needs seem to be met. How cool is that? It is also a chance for autistic children to grow into autistic adults and know they can use their special interest and be successful. We so need to tap into this intellect and passion autistic people have because it makes them not only an asset to any company but for them to be able to fill their dreams.
Anyway if you haven't seem the article take a look at it here:
Let me know what you think, does it make you feel good when you see somewhere like this? If you are autistic yourself would if be a place in which you'd like to work? For me I would just like to work somewhere where I could be me and work in the way I want to to be able to achieve positive results. Isn't that what anyone wants really?
Thank you for reading today. I will be back tomorrow for Pass the Remote but for now......
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