Inclusion in the Workplace for Individuals with Autism

What most people don’t know is that individuals with autism have their own skills and perspectives which can greatly enhance a company. As conscious efforts are being made to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, companies ought to see the hiring of individuals with autism as a need that goes beyond promoting social responsibility.

With some practices in place, every company can create an inclusive work environment for individuals with autism. Neurodiverse hiring initiatives, mentorship programs, and Employee Resource Groups are highly effective in nurturing talent among individuals with autism. Imagine how they could thrive under the watchful guidance of experienced employees. Simultaneously, sensitivity training among employees to reduce misconceptions and raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders in order to bridge communication gaps remains the need of the hour.

The workplace too needs to be made accommodative of employees with autism as, like with all employees, it is directly linked to their productivity. Equipping workstations with visual schedules, noise-canceling headphones, having designated quiet spaces, and also providing flexible work hours can go a long way. Did you know that detail-oriented tasks, data analysis, and pattern recognition are areas where individuals with autism tend to excel apart from providing creative solutions to problems?

Who doesn’t love compliments? Celebrate valuable contributions made by your employees. This encourages them to feel good about themselves and put their best efforts into the job while also signaling to naysayers the advantages of embracing diversity.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Let it begin with you. When the top leadership embraces the possibilities that lie in a hitherto unexplored area, it sends a powerful message to those within and outside the organization.

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About Author
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Bahij Khouzami

M.Ed., BCBA, IBA | Founder

Bahij Khouzami is an expert in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specializing in Autism. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an International Behavior Analyst (IBA), Bahij is also a Professional Advisory Board Member of IBAO.
With a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, specializing in Autism from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, USA, Bahij has provided ABA services for schools, homes and clinics across Massachusetts, USA.
Highly skilled, Bahij has worked with multidisciplinary teams in clinical, home, nursery and school settings during his career in the United States and now in Dubai.
A passionate teacher, Bahij trains therapists, educators and parents. Through AIS, Bahij remains committed to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals with Autism.

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