What’s autism and the workplace all about?
In this episode, I speak with Holly Anonymous, a Thrive with Aspergers/Autism community member about her background and her autism advocacy in corporate America.
You’ll Find Out
- How Holly found out about Aspergers
- How she discovered she has Aspergers
- Holly’s experience with selective mutism growing up
- How the school system failed Holly growing up
- How society’s failures have inspired Holly to increase awareness of autism in the workplace
- “I want to help adults understand this condition [autism], and to help other people, so that others don’t have to go what I went through.”
Holly’s Insights From Her Workplace Presentation
- Myths and Stereotypes About Autism – Not everyone is Rain Man, Not All Aspies Are Male, and More
- The stress of “fitting in” with facial expressions in the workplace
- How Holly uses humor strategically to “disarm” non-autistics
- Holly’s definition of autism – “a neurological condition that affects the way a person experiences the world: the way that they think, the way that they interpret information, the way they take in that information, and the way they project information.”
- Possible Autism Characteristics in the Workplace (combinations and intensity of traits vary per individual)