Here are some case studies of people with Autism who are very talented within their field, but have struggled to get into employment or have been discriminated in the workplace. Employers and fellow employees fail to understand the traits that potential autistic employees have that make them see the world differently. These examples will potentially improve employers and fellow employees understanding.
Paul had always been a very effective IT Systems and Network Manager. His expertise was in high demand, as he had played a large part in the system’s original design and implementation at the company. He had been extremely good at finding cost effective solutions for system upgrades, expansions or modifications, and his team benefited greatly from his good communication and mentoring skills. In short, Paul had been an extremely effective and valuable member of his team.
Saskia had always been a very creative and dynamic Product Developer with a real knack for understanding exactly what her customers required and for coming up with new and exciting ideas. Her eye for good and attractive designs that were easy to use made her an outstanding and well-respected member of staff within her company. Saskia had regularly worked extra hours to complete projects in her own time and had always met the deadlines well ahead of time.
Jamal, a top performer within a firm of prestigious architects, had always been well respected for his impeccable attention to detail and outstanding spatial awareness skills. His ability to spot minute mistakes at a glance and create entire concepts for designed spaces in his head had won him several outstanding buildings awards. Although Jamal was regarded as a very complex individual, who was very self-contained, his outstanding work ethic and creative ability had gained him...
Kulvinder, a principal scientist in a research laboratory, who had been with the organization for 26 years, had always given her all to her work and generally worked 50-60 hours per week. She expected others to be similarly committed and had little time for those that weren’t. Although she was perceived as a difficult person, her outstanding abilities in her field of expertise had made her an accepted and respected member of the research team.