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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Developer; architect; hat aficionado; geek; aspie; tech. lead; (mediocre) harmonica player; and generally over opinionated.