What is autism?
Autism is a rather broad spectrum that every person experiences differently. There are several areas in which autistic people might struggle:
To match the diagnostic criteria, a person must face recurrent problems in most or each of these categories. Not all autistic people have the same needs. Some have such motor difficulties that they cannot speak or control their body. Others might trip over their own feet when they walk but have excellent co-ordination and dexterity when it comes to driving or handwriting. A young adult who managed to graduate from school easily might seem perfectly able to live independently but could struggle to keep jobs as they have a poor understanding of social norms and indirect communication. A sensitivity to light and sound could also prevent someone from doing their grocery shopping.
The issues autistic people face change over time. As they get older, they learn to compensate with practice and experience for their natural lack of understanding in certain social fields. Finding a comfortable work environment and being offered some accommodations could also make a significant difference. Dim lights and headphones could help someone in an office setting, for example.
Advantages of trucking for autistic people
Being a trucker could be a perfect fit for an autistic person who loves to drive. Indeed, most autistics like to plan ahead and know what to expect. They can also hyperfocus, which means they can keep concentrated for very long periods of time if they enjoy what they’re doing. It’s also a self-directed job with limited, straightforward social interactions.
Advantages of autistic people for a transport company
Autistics tend to be very direct and honest with a strong sense of justice. They often have a hard time reading between the lines, but they thrive with clear instructions and are great as independent, objective-driven workers. It’s also common for autistics to go beyond the call of duty when they have a keen interest in something.
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