Tips for those of us “high functioning” on the spectrum?

Microsoft / Product Perchance
Jul 20, 2018 9 Comments

British people keep asking if I’m on the spectrum. My reviews always say I need to work on “flexing my communication style.” Ok. I’ll bite. I’m smart and gregarious and was raised by literally crazy people—there are plenty of masking factors here. Let’s say I’m on the spectrum and have been getting away with it for decades.

What the hell do I do now? How badly is this going to harm my career (folks don’t take kindly to women who can’t read a room)? How have YOU coped?

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TOP 9 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Starship
    Right there with you, champ. I think there’s a lot of us tbh
    Jul 20, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Product Perchance
      OP
      Perhaps why I get on so well in large engineering companies compared to smaller production units and agencies.
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Starship
      100% agree
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product Perchance
      OP
      Unfortunately I’m not a very strong engineer. So I end up in supporting roles like PM, where once again, this probably is not so useful.
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product Perchance
      OP
      Or design.
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Google Katelyn
    What do you mean British people keep asking you?
    Jul 20, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Product Perchance
      OP
      I am American. The only people who have asked me this are Brits at completely different times and places. I wonder if they may be more open about or aware of the autism spectrum. Just something I noticed.
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng ShortBTC
    It’s funny. I was asked by a Brit as well!
    Jul 20, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Product Perchance
      OP
      What is up with that?
      Jul 21, 2018

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