Tech Conf '23
If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.
– Dr Stephen Shore
Possibly harmful sterotypes
Looking back at the last 80 years
First described as a high intelligence with emotional disturbance
Changed to a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
ASD is combined with 3 levels of severity
Added as a form of childhood schizophrenia
Split between Asperger's and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Social and communication challenges.
Can be independant but may take longer than peers.
May speak in small sentences.
Narrow interest and repetative motions.
Limited verbal and non-verbal communication.
Requires life time support.
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)||17%|
|Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADD || ADHD)
Excluding girls and women from this kind of research study can lead to treatments that don’t work as well for them, and it contributes to the perception that autism doesn’t affect women as much as men
– Anne Trafton
Ourselves and others
|Medication||No specific medication avaliable|
|"Growing out of it"||Lifetime condition|
|Therapies||Occupational, speech & other therapies can help|
|Early intervention||Early detection + therapy = Best outcomes|
The unemployment rate in Australia for autistic people is 34.1%...
This is almost eight times the rate of people without disability (4.6%).
Government funding providers
Carefully seperate the "must have" from the "nice to have"
Be explicit in describing attributes.
Internal training on diveristy and unconscious bias.
Promote diversity in your orginisation.
Have a mix of assessments, informal chats and activities.
Provide interview details ahead of time.
Having a frequent, regularly scheduled meeting.
Allowing response time.
Sensory friendly meeting space.
Quiet with gentle lighting.
Building a rapport.
Listening and coming up with individual solutions.
Caused by trying to fit in without support and accomodations