“After class at the university I stood up to a bully”, my son told me yesterday. After he had entertained and impressed his co-students by listing all states and all state capitals, a situation unfolded where a student was bullied.
“I wish someone had stood up, when I was being bullied at school years ago” he told me.
My son is autistic, the bully was not. Who is the disabled person?
Yesterday, taking a stand for the victim, my son turned the tables. I am so proud.
Look up “disability” in the dictionary and you will find words like: incapacity, impairment, defect… In autistic employees at companies like SAP and HPE I see: honesty, skills and resilience. I also see vulnerabilities that we as a society have to manage in order for autistic people to excel. This is not just a responsibility for employers, but for parents, the education system and the government.