Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Workforce has article on hiring autistic workers

Susan Ladika has an article “Companies find fruitful results when hiring autistic workers” in “Workforce”, link here.  This scope includes workers with Asperger's syndrome. 

But the specific jobs in the article referred mainly to manual labor, repetitive tasks, and farm work, and possibly a desire to hire someone who would be satisfied with the detail of the work.  Morally, it sounded like a dubious concept.

Yet, I remember my own “occupational therapy” at NIH, back in 1962; part of the gig was learning to focus on “repetitive tasks”, like assembly line work, something that would eventually get outsourced. Talk about exploitation.

Maybe this is a question of “paying your dues.”

Later, as I entered programming, I did learn that a lot of it was about becoming meticulous: about attention to detail, desk checking.

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