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Taking Leadership Roles as an Autistic Professional


When it comes to business, we all deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of our background, status, or disability. As an autistic person looking to find a leadership role, you should know that there are many different tactics that you can try to make your dream of management a reality. Here at Amanda The OT, we want to see everyone reach their goals, regardless of their situation, so we have compiled these tips for how you can learn the skills necessary to become the next leader at your organization.


Start With Remote Learning


Whether you hope to find a leadership position within your own company or in a completely different business altogether, it is a good idea to learn the ropes and the specifics of your industry. We all deserve a chance to learn, and if you need more time and you still need to work to make ends meet, then you should consider remote learning at an online college.


These days, the quality of online programs is the same as that at brick-and-mortar universities, so if you don’t feel comfortable going to a physical location or you just don’t have the time, then you can go online and take the courses at your own pace and study on nights and weekends if necessary. There are degree programs that span just about every industry, from finance and psychology to criminal justice. By having a degree, you will have a leg-up when it comes time to apply for a leadership position.


Finding Employment


Once you have earned your degree, you can start work in your new field with an eye toward leadership. You can either go through the traditional route of finding jobs online, applying and then interviewing or you can use some of the assistance programs that are available, such as the Foundations for Divergent Minds or you can look at the many programs offered by the Office of Disability Employment. It’s okay to reach out for help and you should because you deserve the best job you can get.


Assistive Technology


If you need further assistance understanding your studies, then take advantage of the many assistive technologies that can make life much easier. There are many pieces of tech that are available today, including Picture Exchange Communication Systems that help users to learn through visual mediums like flashcards. There have also been great strides made in the field of speech-generating devices, which create speech from written words so if you have any trouble communicating, you can still get the message loud and clear.


If this technology can help you to understand the ropes at your job so you can further make your way up to management or you need assistance to complete your assignments at school, then ask the administrators for assistance.


Become a Leader From Home


In the case that you are more comfortable working remotely where you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, then try creating a home-based business. There are many ideas that you can try that will make you a successful leader and give you time to work on your personal wellness. For instance, you could start a special needs coaching business where you help parents to understand their child’s disability or help others with autism build their own company.


Those who are good with computers and programming could consider creating a company that builds and distributes disability apps. Another idea is to start a clothing company where you design and sell clothing and Halloween costumes that can be worn easily by people who have disabilities and can’t wear every outfit. You might also produce books with large print so everyone can enjoy them.


As you can see, you can achieve your dream of leadership if you have the drive and gumption to get there. Use the tools and resources above and you’ll be set for success. If you would like to learn more about the services offered by Amanda The OT, then check out our services page.

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