By Lloyd Graff
I recently read Jodi Picoult’s new book House Rules about a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome, a mental disorder on the autism spectrum. It made me wonder if people who read this blog have experience with hiring employees with Asperger’s or perhaps have Asperger’s themselves. Autism in any form is a devastating brain malady, though I know people with advanced degrees who have been diagnosed with it.
It strikes me that with the right structure a person with the diagnosis could thrive with good supervision.
A job shop with constantly changing demands is probably the wrong milieu for someone with Asperger’s, but a company that has a very predictable workflow might accommodate such a person. A person with Asperger’s may have an IQ which is off the charts but lack social skills to decipher the subtleties of workplace behavior.
Please give me some feedback on your experiences.