"Unseen People Groups" Austism Affects 1 in 59

contributed by MT & Associates | Sign Language Interpreting, Inclusion & Diversity Committee
There are several "unseen people groups" you may encounter. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of those that may be unseen since it is an invisible disability defined as "a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities that is inviable to the onlooker." (Invisible Disabilities Association) You cannot tell when you first look at someone if they have ASD, but it affects their daily life. Children can be diagnosed as early as age 2. (Autism Speaks) Upon entering the workforce, their additional challenges are often overlooked. "National data indicates that the vast majority of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, with estimates ranging to as high as 90%." If you work with someone who has ASD, you can support them by providing written instructions or visual cues. Encourage them to share ways they can work to their full potential! Click here to read more.