We have provided information below in the accordion section which may be of use to managers and colleagues and staff on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. The support that can be provided by the University depends on operational requirements and the nature of the role.
Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterised by difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social imagination. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while some people are severely affected, others may be only mildly affected. Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a form of autism where individuals are high-functioning, but experience may experience some difficulties. People with Asperger's Syndrome are are usually of average or above average intelligence. Their strengths commonly lie in areas such as their focus on a particular passion, their meticulous approach to detail or their ability to spot patterns in data.
However they may struggle with empathising with other people, or knowing what they are thinking. They find it difficult to read body language, and find it hard to understand and fit in with a society with many unwritten rules. This may lead to anxiety and depression, and also to outbursts of frustration and anger. They may be unusually sensitive to sensory stimuli. They may find the world confusing and unpredictable.
In the right role, people with autism can be very successful, but potential difficulties may include:
People with autism may do well in more technical roles, drawing on possible strengths in meticulous attention to detail, in consistency checking, in pattern spotting or in following set procedures.
Potentially useful strategies include:
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