Understanding your Skills and Abilities
Just as no-one is defined by their age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or by religion, no-one is defined by autism and no two people will experience it in the same way. Although autism is generally characterised as impairment of social imagination and communication, this characterisation ignores the facts that each autistic person will develop her or his own ways of dealing with these issues – and that many autistic people will have developed skills that others do not have.
The majority of employment is based on an employer choosing to pay you for your skills and abilities. The competitive employment process means you need to be able to explain the skills and abilities that you have to offer.
It is not always easy or obvious to know your own skills and abilities. Some people are clear about one or two specific skills, but need to understand and describe a broader mixture, including skills and abilities that are not yet developed to their full potential.
Below you will find some links to some points to think about when developing an understanding of what your skills and abilities are.