Let’s make life easier for autistic folks at work!

Carly Ho 🌈 on October 09, 2018

About Me My name’s Carly Ho, and I’m a Senior Engineer at Clique Studios in Chicago; I’m also an autistic adult. I was diagnosed durin... [Read Full]
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I had no idea other neuroatypical engineers wrote READMEs (I've partially written one and I've got ADHD)! That's amazing!

In terms of challenges and accommodations, I find open plan offices a double-edged sword. Easy to get distracted by conversations with colleagues, but also easier to get help if I'm struggling with a problem and sometimes get back on track if I'm getting distracted by stuff on my laptop (like I start looking at the news or something like that).


Hi Carly,
Nice article! I learned a lot.

Above you wrote:

If you’re sending someone a message, even if it’s just friendly conversation, lead with your intent; open-ended messages can stress people out, since they don’t know if it’s bad news, a request, or just chatter.

Could you elaborate on the idea of 'lead with your intent?'

TY ;))


Hey there!

I get a lot of well meaning chat messages/DMs that open with something like just “hey” or “sup carly” or (the worst:) “can we talk” and those messages trigger this knee-jerk terror response.

I know some folks use chat like they’re talking out loud, but I’d much prefer to know what a convo is about ASAP—so saying something like “hey, can we chat about the project timelines?” or “sup carly, just wanted to say I really like your nail polish color” or something like that is super helpful to me, since it forestalls my having to try and read tone without any inflection.


I've never seen a personal README before, but I love it and want to make one now. That's such a good idea!


A million "thanks" for sharing something that is very personal.
This made me so much more aware as a neurotypical.


Thank you for sharing this, Carly. While I may be neuroatypical, I am not considered to be autistic. I could see a few things here that even I could benefit from in small ways, but mostly I think it's helpful to be aware of techniques that may be helpful to others. I'm also of a mind that if I advocate for myself in mindful ways, perhaps I may also advocate for others in the process.


Solidarity! I know a lot of people have trouble talking about being neuroatypical (honestly this post was tough to write, just because it felt so personal), but I think the more we work together to normalize stuff like this the more we help each other.

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