Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Outsourcing to the Autistic Rather Than to India
Loved this article! Just last week I thanked my local grocery store manager for having the insight to hire young adults on the spectrum, who I routinely see zooming about the store. In return he shared how incredible and totally reliable these kids were when it came to performing detailed tasks over and over. From stocking "go backs" to collecting the carts his ASD employee's got the job done and were excited to work. I was also very excited to hear that he was not employing them at a reduced rate through a subsidized "work" program he was paying them standard rate! This story, gives me hope for my single minded, memorizing, repetitive task doing little man's future.
By Drake Bennett on March 27, 2012
Bennett is a staff writer for .
Part of the reason autism has captivated Hollywood moviemakers more than other developmental disabilities is that, for all the difficulties it brings those who have it, it also gives some of them the ability to perform uncanny feats of brainpower: effortlessly memorizing train schedules or song lyrics, identifying the day of the week of any date in the past. Even among those who aren’t full-blown savants, many display an impressive ability, even a desire, to immerse themselves in what the rest of us would see as mind-numbingly boring, detail-orientedtasks.