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Workplace Adjustments for Autistic Employees: What is ‘Reasonable’?

Petty, Stephanie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1453-3313, Tunstall, Lydia, Richardson, Hannah and Eccles, Niamh (2022) Workplace Adjustments for Autistic Employees: What is ‘Reasonable’? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Abstract

Autistic adults are inadequately supported in the workplace. This study sought a definition of ‘reasonable’ and explored facilitators and barriers to employers making reasonable adjustments. 98 employers and employees across a UK city completed a survey; 15% identified as being autistic. Qualitative data were analysed using framework analysis. Reasonable adjustments were defined as having a positive impact on autistic employees’ wellbeing and work outputs without being detrimental to non-autistic employees or the organisation; they were low cost and easily implemented. Recommendations were for autism awareness training, low-stimulus work spaces, clear instructions and flexible working hours. A definition of reasonable is added to the literature, with suggestions of where to invest support efforts. Recommendations mostly apply to the education sector.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05413-x
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF637 Counselling
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712-724.85 Developmental psychology
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5811

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