The 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg recently called Asperger’s syndrome her “superpower.” She’s among a growing number of people who see high-functioning autism not as a disorder, but as a source of strength. According to Forward Motion Coaching principal Barbara Bissonnette, for instance, workers with high-functioning autism can bring unrivaled expertise and quality to their work – if their workplaces support them properly. (Bissonnette discusses Asperger’s, but keep in mind that US mental health experts haven’t used that term as a separate diagnosis from other autism spectrum disorders since 2013.)
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As a principal of Forward Motion Coaching, Barbara Bissonnette teaches workers and organizations how to handle issues surrounding high-functioning autism in the workplace.