What is Autism?


Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors, and is called a “spectrum disorder” because it affects each individual differently and to varying degrees. Characteristics of autism can include differences in social interaction and communication skills. But new research suggests that the autistic brain processes 42% more information at rest which might account for some of those perceived differences. According to the Autism Society of America more than 80% of people diagnosed with autism are unemployed. Individuals with autism often display characteristics including:

  • Mathematical, technological, musical (or other artistic) abilities
  • Intense interests and motivations
  • Excellent concentration and focus skills
  • Strong visual acuity
  • Perseverance in problem solving
  • Understanding and retention of concrete concepts, patterns and rules
  • Good rote and long term memory of facts, statistics, etc.
  • Adherence to rules, honesty

Many people on the autism spectrum are often underestimated and misunderstood. At Specialisterne Canada, we recognize the characteristics mentioned above are extremely valuable in the labour market. We are committed to creating environments where our employees’ strengths can emerge so that they can be properly assessed, trained, and set on the path to meaningful employment.

To learn more about autism, we encourage you to get to know someone on the spectrum. If you’re not sure how to do that, please contact us – we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

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