By Kate Taylor
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 54 people in the United States are living with Autism. It’s estimated that worldwide, more than 70 million people (or 1% of the population) have autism. Despite many having one or more advanced degrees, 85% of working age people with autism are unemployed.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disorder primarily affecting social interactions and communication. Those with ASD take language very literally and can miss the more than 70% of communication contained in tone, body language, and other non-vocalics. Sensory processing disorders are also part of ASD and overwhelm from the enormous amount of stimuli neurodivergent brains take in is common.
Unfortunately, too few people understand autistic behavior. This leads to harmful stereotypes or to autism itself being erroneously equated with intellectual disability. These misunderstandings have led many to believe that pe...