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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

By Esther Shein

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 63 No. 6, Pages 17-19
10.1145/3392509

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Years ago, Michael Fieldhouse had a dinner party and friends attended with their young son Andrew, who is autistic, non-verbal, and low-functioning. At one point, Fieldhouse noticed Andrew, who was five- or six-years-old at the time, outside dropping pebbles into an urn in a Japanese garden.

"I was curious about that and I started timing him," recalls Fieldhouse. "I noted there were perfect intervals between every stone. He did that for at least an hour."

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