The Equality and Diversity Unit recently hosted an Autism awareness session in the Senate Room in conjunction with the Orchardville Society.
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It is a spectrum condition , which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
There are currently more than 20,000 people in Northern Ireland on the Autism Spectrum. The National Autistic Society found that only 15% of adults on the autism spectrum were in full-time employment despite the fact that many can and want to work.
Participants came from across the University and found the session to be extremely informative and beneficial.
If you missed the session and would like a copy of the powerpoint slides and a useful booklet entitled "Employing people on the autism spectrum: a brief guide for employers" please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also watch some videos below which will give you a snapshot of what it may be like for Autistic people to process different situations.
The first video gives an insight into what additional challenges an interview may bring for someone with ASD and the second is about sensory processing.