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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

How can employers better support Autism awareness? Make April the 2nd of celebrating differences within the workplace.



This is a great opportunity for businesses to improve their Autism support as well as enhancing their knowledge.


Autism is a lifelong disability which effects developmental interactions such as communication and how people interact with the others.


All autistic people share certain difficulties, but with all disabilities, these affect everyone in different ways and will be displayed by traits which can vary from person to person.


It is not uncommon for autism to be accompanied by learning disabilities and or mental health conditions. However, there are also many positive traits such as having phenomenal attention to detail skills, excelling in career choices and being open, honest and trustworthy – all much needed skills for a great employee!


As with all disabilities, a one size approach does not fit all. Different levels of support may be required but as a minimum, to be an inclusive employer you can:

•       Create an inclusive work environment where all personalities and abilities are welcomed.

 

•       Consider sensory contributors and ways of reducing distractions. Perhaps you could create a quiet place for mindful exercise to take place?

 

•       Provide clear and structed training with is concise and specific.

 

•       Build positive work relationships by sharing awareness – There is lots of free helpful advice and support available on: Help and support (autism.org.uk)

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