The Autism Advantage
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|Fri, 11-30-2012 - 2:18pm|
I wanted to pass along this great article from the New York Times magazines on businesses realizing that autistic adults are better at performing certain jobs and tasks, and how they are utilizing them in their companies:
As capitalism has grown more adept at disaggregating tasks, workers can focus on what they do best, and managers are challenged to make room for brilliant, if difficult, outliers. This march toward greater specialization, combined with the pressing need for expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so-called STEM workers, suggests that the prospects for autistic workers will be on the rise in the coming decades. If the market can forgive people’s weaknesses, then they will rise to the level of their natural gifts.
Read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/the-autism-advantage.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&adxnnlx=1354302329-GJcw1xopSSGsRfeaKhQfrA
I hope that the business model that they are bringing to the US is successful, it's made such a difference in their lives and has benefitted the companies as well. Do you think that more companies, especially in the technical field, should consider hiring autistic adults to perform the types of tasks discussed in the article?