As I have been pointing out for the last few years, the commodification of neurodiversity and the exploitation of autistic people is in full swing. Corporate “Neurodiversity @ Work” and “Autism @ Work” initiatives are largely scams to procure domesticated corporate workers that can’t afford to ask uncomfortable questions about the purpose of the organisation. […]
Autistic people are often cited as the reason autistics are unemployed or underemployed. This could not be further from the truth.
Before hitting the walls of systemic biases that exclude neurominorities, before blatant gender discrimination and xenophobic hate, there was a time when diversity was a source of joy. But it’s hard to focus on fun or remember joy and success when you are treated like nothing. When going through adversity, the one thing we often search for is meaning.
It is ironic that the “women’s equality emphasis” could contribute to “hitting the wall” – but not surprising. Single-focus, limited-time “diversity drives” might be well-intentioned, but are often problematic.
What do the Ugly Duckling, the Princess on the Pea, and the Little Child who announced that the Emperor has no clothes have in common? Not only are they all characters in Hans Christian Andersen tales, but it’s also been suggested that through his characters the author projected different facets of his own and others’ autistic experiences.
Dr. Praslova provides brilliant insight into how to craft the job you have into the job you want as an autistic employee.
Working while autistic can mean a revolving door of jobs that offer much lower pay than others with more responsibility and pressure.
Most diversity and inclusion initiatives fail more than 90% of the time. Here is how to implement a successful diversity and inclusion initiative in your workplace.
Dr. Marcia Eckerd was going to write a blog about employment resources, but her search became a rabbit hole that lead her to connect with employers and support programs all over the US.
Coming out at work is taking a risk. It should only be done if you feel it’s the best decision for your personal situation, and only to the people you can trust. Don’t feel like you “have to” or that you “owe” it to your boss–you don’t. It is entirely up to you.