An Autistic Perspective – Disclosing & Accommodations

Hey everyone! NeuroRebel here, and I am a late diagnosed
autistic adult. I was diagnosed before my 30th birthday, only
a few years ago, and the information really shook up and changed my world. At first, some people may feel the urge to
run around and tell everybody this new information when they find out they’re autistic. However, disclosing can be very tricky, especially
in the workplace. I’ve found that disclosing in the right
workplace can make life easier, but unfortunately, disclosing in the wrong workplace can have
consequences. Personally, I’ve found that employers who
are not what I would call “people focussed” and if they see my needs as an inconvenience,
they are not employers that I want to work for. Also, disclosing an autism diagnosis is not
appropriate for every situation, but it may be necessary in order to request accommodations
in the workplace. So, be ready to specifically ask or request
what it is that you need in order to be successful. Unfortunately, some employers may just be
trained only to look out for the bottom line, and so it is good to highlight why giving
a little can be a benefit to the organization. For example, if I’m requesting sensory accommodation,
I might say “I need a quiet space with minimal distractions and natural lighting to accommodate
sensory processing so that I may focus on my work.” Or, I may say “Working remotely actually
works best for me. It allows me to control my sensory environment
so that I may be most productive.” And see, that last part – “so that I may
be most productive” – shows what’s of benefit to the organization. I’ve also found that honesty is very important. I am very honest and up front that I do not
keep all of these short term day to day details in my head, and sometimes I may ask for more
time to think about a situation or I may tell someone “Hey, let me check my notes and
get back to you.” These are just a few things that I do within
the workplace to help keep myself on track. Let me know what you do or your tips in the
comments below. Thank you, guys, so much. If this video was helpful to you, give me
a thumbs up and I will know to do more videos on this topic in the future. I’ll talk to you guys next time. Bye!

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