Good with computers?

Counting the Ways

I remember a John Callahan cartoon of a man begging on a street corner with a little sign: “Please help! I’m blind and black but not musical”.

There has been more and more about employing autistics in recent years, but almost every time I read something about that I am reminded of that cartoon. A slight modification of the sign would be in order: “Please help, I’m autistic but not into computers”. Because every time you read about companies getting more positive about employing autistics, or even companies for whom this is their main point, they are always tech companies. It’s almost as if in moving on from the “non-verbal child rocking in a corner” stereotype, the world has instead latched onto another one, the “white male computer nerd”. There is some truth in that STEM professions were probably always more likely places where more autistics could find a niche…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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