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Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce

Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More... Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce Meredith Ringel Morris, Andrew Begel Microsoft Research Redmond, WA, USA {merrie, abegel}@microsoft.com Ben Wiedermann Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA, USA benw@cs.hmc.edu bonds with others, difficulty interpreting or conveying emotions, difficulty making eye contact, and/or difficulties maintaining mental focus on certain tasks, among others [1]. For adults with milder forms of ASD (such as Asperger's Syndrome), finding appropriate employment may be a challenge; many people with ASD are unemployed or underemployed [5], or face discrimination within their workplace [4]. Matching people with autism to jobs appropriate for their skills, interests, and personalities is an increasingly important societal issue; a good match can result in benefit not only for the autistic individual and his family, but also for employers who may value some individuals' unique skills, such as attention to small details [10]. Many people with autism have an interest in and affinity for technology [23]. Famed autism advocate Temple Grandin (who is herself autistic) specifically suggests that parents of children with autism consider preparing them for careers in computer programming [12]. Popular culture suggests that many members of the technology industry already http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce

Association for Computing Machinery — Oct 26, 2015

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2015 by ACM Inc.
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978-1-4503-3400-6
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10.1145/2700648.2809841
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Understanding the Challenges Faced by Neurodiverse Software Engineering Employees: Towards a More Inclusive and Productive Technical Workforce Meredith Ringel Morris, Andrew Begel Microsoft Research Redmond, WA, USA {merrie, abegel}@microsoft.com Ben Wiedermann Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA, USA benw@cs.hmc.edu bonds with others, difficulty interpreting or conveying emotions, difficulty making eye contact, and/or difficulties maintaining mental focus on certain tasks, among others [1]. For adults with milder forms of ASD (such as Asperger's Syndrome), finding appropriate employment may be a challenge; many people with ASD are unemployed or underemployed [5], or face discrimination within their workplace [4]. Matching people with autism to jobs appropriate for their skills, interests, and personalities is an increasingly important societal issue; a good match can result in benefit not only for the autistic individual and his family, but also for employers who may value some individuals' unique skills, such as attention to small details [10]. Many people with autism have an interest in and affinity for technology [23]. Famed autism advocate Temple Grandin (who is herself autistic) specifically suggests that parents of children with autism consider preparing them for careers in computer programming [12]. Popular culture suggests that many members of the technology industry already

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