Autism in the Workplace
It's Autism Awareness week, and we're here to celebrate and raise awareness about Autism in the workplace. Here at Ministry of Motion, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that neurodiversity can play a huge part in creating amazing designs. That's why we've put together this blog to explore how we can create more inclusive workplaces that support and empower individuals with Autism. So, let's dive in and learn more about how we can create a more inclusive world for everyone!
When creating an inclusive workplace, it's important to take Sensory Processing into account. Sensory Processing is a really important concept that helps us understand how our brains process information from our senses, like sight, sound, touch, and smell.
For neurotypical individuals, their brains are programmed to process sensory information in a way that allows them to navigate the world around them. But for some people, like those with sensory processing differences or conditions like Autism, the brain can struggle to process sensory information in the same way.
This can lead to a wide range of experiences, from feeling overwhelmed or anxious in busy or loud environments, to seeking out sensory input like touching different textures or seeking out certain smells.
Understanding sensory processing is really important for creating more inclusive environments that meet the needs of everyone. By being aware of different sensory needs, we can create spaces and experiences that are comfortable and accessible for everyone.
Autism & Creativity
Autism can often increase creativity in individuals because of the unique ways their brains process information. Many people with Autism have a unique way of looking at the world, which can result in them seeing things from new and different perspectives. This can lead to creative ideas and solutions that may not have been considered otherwise.
Additionally, some individuals with Autism may have a hyperfocus on specific interests or activities, which can lead to a deep level of knowledge and expertise in that area. This knowledge and expertise can be used in creative ways, such as in developing new ideas or products.
While creativity can also be present in neurotypical individuals, there is a growing body of research and anecdotal evidence that suggests a link between Autism and increased creativity. By embracing and valuing the unique perspectives and strengths of individuals with Autism, workplaces can tap into this potential and foster a more innovative and inclusive culture.
10 Tips for Creating an Inclusive Workplace:
1. Provide Clear and Concise Communication
2. Create a Quiet and Comfortable Work Environment
3. Provide Structure & Routine
4. Offer Flexibility
5. Provide Sensitivity Training
6. Use Visual Aids
7. Make Sure to Check In
8. Establish a Support System
9. Offer Shadowing Opportunities
10. Provide Resources