Information about autism and the workplace

Autism is a lifelong condition that can affect how someone communicates, processes information, and experiences the world around them. Autism is known as a spectrum condition, as different people can experience it in very different ways. Asperger Syndrome is part of the autism spectrum, and is a diagnosis often given when someone does not have an accompanying learning disability.

Every autistic person is different, so the most important thing to do is get to know them as an individual and find out what they need in order for them to do their best work. It can be useful to make clear early on what your expectations are of each other, and then regularly review how things are going and whether these expectations are being met.

Lots of information has been written about autism and how it may affect someone at work, and you can find links to some of these sources below.

Further Information and Support

If you would like more information about any of the above, or would like to know more about what support is available to you and your employees, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

You can also visit our Useful Links and Documents page to find further information about autism and employment.

Autism and Employment Network

Autism Network Scotland facilitates the Autism and Employment Network which aims to provide a forum for sharing information and good practice, highlight common challenges and promote the benefits autistic people can bring to the workplace.

The Employment Network meets quarterly in Glasgow and is currently chaired by Richard Ibbotson (Director, Richmond Fellowship Scotland) and includes representatives from National Autistic Society, Scottish Autism, IntoWork,IWORK4ME, Speaking Literally, Values Into Action Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Union of Supported Employment, College Development Network,Glasgow and Edinburgh One Stop Shops and others.

If an organisation wishes to be involved in the Employment Network please contact Annie Watson at Autism Network Scotland via our contact page.