But what exactly is autism?
Autism is a congenital deviation of information processing and influences the perception, cognition, and emotions of a person. The World Health Organization summarizes the different autism spectrum diagnoses under the term ‘neurodevelopmental disorders’. However, the term ‘disorder’ is increasingly replaced by the notion of ‘neurodiversity’. This approach recognizes that autism isn’t a disease but rather a demographic on a par with ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. An autism spectrum diagnosis includes the following criteria:
- (Qualitative) differences in social interaction
- (Qualitative) differences in communication
- Limited, repetitive or stereotyped behaviours, interests or activities
According to UN estimates, there are about 67 million autistic people worldwide (about 1% of the world population).
The autism spectrum
As autism affects each individual differently, we refer to an autism spectrum. Just like any non-autistic, each person on the autism spectrum has a unique profile of characteristics. It can sometimes be hard to believe that two autistic persons should have the same diagnosis as signs and symptoms can vary considerably. Their often-exceptional personalities and biographies are what makes auticon consultants one-of-a-kind.
The strengths of autistic people are very individual, but often include:
- distinctive logical and analytical abilities
- sustained concentration and perseverance even when tasks are repetitive
- conscientiousness, loyalty and sincerity
- an exceptional eye for details, deviations and potential errors
- continuously thorough target/actual comparisons and a genuine awareness for quality
- a strong interest in factual matters and comprehensive technical expertise
A different point of view
People on the autism spectrum perceive things differently than non-autistics. Non-autistic persons usually perceive holistically and subsequently break perceptual input down into singular modules and details. Autistic persons on the other hand are more likely to initially perceive basic structures and details and then integrate this information into holistic concepts. Within occupational contexts, this alternative perspective on one and the same concept bears a significant potential for additional insights.
Many people with autism are able to recognize patterns in large structures or data sets quickly and effortlessly. Due to their ‘bottom-up’ perceptual style, deviations and errors flag up immediately. This unique skill is highly valuable in the analysis and evaluation of mass data but also within compliance and quality assurance frameworks.
Having one or more special interests is common for people with autism. Special interests are highly intensive hobbies in which the individual gathers comprehensive expertise and technical knowledge. Typical special interests of people on the autism spectrum are logically or systematically structured domains including mathematics, physics, languages, music, engineering, IT or statistics; although some also thrive in creative areas or the humanities.
A genuine awareness for quality
Many people with autism don’t need to search for errors – errors or deviations simply pop up like a red flag. Some people on the autism spectrum go as far as saying that mistakes cause them physical discomfort.
All these special cognitive skills as well as the high concentration – even in repetitive tasks – are extremely valuable in the areas of Quality Assurance & Testing, Analytics, Software Development & Migration as well as Compliance & Reporting.
- High sensitivity to irritation
- Communication: Low understanding of non-verbal signals
- Hardly any eye contact/body contact
- Stress during small talk
- Need clear communication
To make the best use of the abilities of people in the autism spectrum, we are convinced that autistic employees do not have to change – the environment must become more understanding, conscious and respectful. So that companies and IT consultants can work together well and trustingly, and the consultants can reach their full potential, we provide them with specially trained job coaches and project managers who are there as direct contacts for companies and consultants before and during the entire project.
Excellent work results:
- First-class quality work
- High working speed
- Incorruptible Evaluation
- Bulletproof documentation
- Creative solutions for “unsolvable” tasks
- Improved teamwork
- Clear communication
- Openness, diversity and honesty
- Genuine inclusion