Autistic strengths

I came across a few attempts to focus on strengths, but is usually doesn't get much further than attention to detail and hyper-focus. We don't normally describe having really strong arms as the key strength of wheelchair users, so why focusing on 'symptoms'.
Can we have a serious discussion on really powerful autistic strengths? What are your strengths?
 

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Margot

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There was a short article in People Management describing how an autistic employee
  • became a 'social glue' between internal departments
  • enhanced internal communication
  • had very creative approach to his work
"not only has Chris become increasingly confident and socially active, he is now essentially a โ€˜social glueโ€™ that ties different divisions together.

Chrisโ€™s work extends across their finance and creative teams, so he has really helped to enhance communication between these departments.

In addition, Chris is incredibly punctual, loyal, focused, and efficient. His work on internal communications and finance transactions demonstrates excellent accuracy and efficiency. Chris also has a highly creative approach to his work, often recommending solutions that others may not have thought about."


Could anyone give an example of meaningful autistic stregths?
 

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CuriousFrog

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Commitment and drive, resilience.

I think ND people face so many obstacles, that we wouldn't get out of bed without those qualities.
It is interesting that In various literature I see attention to detail mentioned and indeed the big picture is that employing ND people is uninticing.
Forgive the pun
 

thefonz

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Amazing how resourceful and creative autistic people are. I suppose some of us have dreams they cannot attain, but they do not give up and become resilient. The best of both Icarus and Leonardo da Vinci.
 

Pattern-chaser

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There are lots of strengths we have. I think when we look at them in the real world, we see combinations of these strengths. It's difficult to list them separately. But, whatever my detailed strengths might be, together they enabled me to pursue a career as a firmware designer, a significantly creative profession that gave me great satisfaction. I got to be quite good at it. ๐Ÿ˜Š Creating designs for a team to implement is something I couldn't've done if I wasn't autistic. So that's an instance of autistic strength, right? ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘
 

Margot

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"Creating designs for a team to implement is something I couldn't've done if I wasn't autistic. So that's an instance of autistic strength, right? ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘ "
Completely !

Design is also an autistic strength - as in creative design and more broadly, envisioning thing in its entirety to fulfil certain coherent and systemic function.
 

Pattern-chaser

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Don't get me started on design! It's a special interest of mine. An autistic special interest. I could talk about it at some length.... ๐Ÿ˜
 

Pattern-chaser

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Same here. Mainly electronics. i am starting in programming (firmware) for embedded but i suspect my ADD is not helping me.

I retired four years ago, after 32 years of firmware, preceded by an Electronics degree and 5 years of hardware design. I would love to talk to you about this - possibly at great length! ;) - but maybe this isn't the right place for that?

I see there is a facility for "conversations" here. That would seem to be the best way for us to talk about design ... if you are willing? ๐Ÿค”

My ADD is a pain, but when I finally achieve focus.... ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚ Saying that, I haven't designed or implemented anything in the last four years. ๐Ÿ˜ข
 
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Thunderchild

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I get a bit fed up of that expression about "thinking outside the box". My answer is what box? what artificial constraints are you putting on yourself? Working in engineering there really is no box for me. there is a requirement and then there is the search for anything that will do the job regardless of it's original intended use.
 

Pattern-chaser

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Working in engineering there really is no box for me. there is a requirement and then there is the search for anything that will do the job regardless of it's original intended use.

That's a fairly reasonable definition of "design", as I understand it. [I designed firmware for 30+ years before I retired.] ๐Ÿ‘
 

Thunderchild

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Well I don't see why it should not apply more widely. Why the this thing is for this so we can do nothing else with it. why the, "we have always done it this way".
 

Thunderchild

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You find closed thinking everywhere. i mean look at government policies on anything. There is never radical change. It is said that autistic people struggle with change but really i see it the other way around in many aspects. I am always happy to see change if it's for the better.
 

Pattern-chaser

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I have often been criticised for the looseness of my thinking. I hope the people who think/thought so are mistaking the flexibility of my thought for laxity. ๐Ÿค”