Diversity in the tech industry has been an issue of increasing prominance in recent years, with laudable efforts being made to improve transparency, opportunity and accessibility in all fields. More and more initiatives are emerging every year to help improve the range of people and talents in software, with employers and staff alike beginning to realise the untapped benefits that such changes can bring to success in business and society as a whole.
As our community continues to make progressive strides forward, we have many reasons to be optimistic; however, there is one demographic whose daily challenges remains largely unrecognised. People on the Autistic Spectrum constitute roughly 1% of the UK population, yet are generally accepted to play a significantly greater role in some of the world's most successful and dynamic software companies. This is occurs at every level, from the shop-floor all the way to the boardroom. Clearly, it is now time for all aspies, autistics and ASDers to bite-the-bullet, grasp-the-nettle, and perform various other metaphorically inaccurate gestures to help us acknowledge the under-representation of "neurotypicals" in the workplace, and what we can do about it.
In this irreverent take on the issue of neuro-diversity we will examine some of the more tried-and-tested techniques for making the office a welcoming place for "normies", and how we can work towards being more inclusive and accommodating to our easily-distracted, detail-averse and excessively-social colleagues.
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