Finding jobs for autistic victimsThe article goes on to explain how relatively small changes in the workplace plus a dose of understanding made all the difference for Joe.
Newport 30-year-old Joe Powell thought he was a hopeless failure when he was sacked from his job with a police force for "a lack of communication. " Then he discovered he had Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism) and realised he was ill, not incompetent.
There was nothing wrong with the article overall, but it struck me strangely, because I've never thought of autistic people as "victims" of an "illness," but rather as people with mild to radical differences in how they think and perceive. In fact, autism is not classified as a mental illness, along the lines of schizophrenia or depression. Instead, it's generally described as a developmental disorder or delay.
What's your take on this? Are autistic people victims of an illness -- or should autism be described quite differently?