Useful resourcesThere’s a lot to learn about autism, Down’s and other forms of neurodivergence. Here we share resources to increase your understanding, and inspire actions you could take to help neurodivergent people feel included.
“If you have a friend with autism just accept your friend’s differences and respect strengths the way you would with any friend.”
– Tin Tin, Steps graduate.
Knowledge is power
We hope the resources below can help give a greater understanding of neurodiversity and how to adapt to the needs of those living with it.
- Like us all, every person with autism is unique. But in this article by the Autistic Self Advocacy network, they look at six things many people with autism have in common
- The power of first person perspective: this article is full of great book recommendations where people with autism share their firsthand experiences, including Ask an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski and The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.
- The documentary Neurotypical is an exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves.
- The YouTube channel Neurowonderful by Amythest Schaber contains a series of videos called ‘Ask an autistic’ where Amythest breaks down behaviours some people may not fully understand.
- In the TED Talk Women and Autism, Sarai Pahla describes the barriers she has had to overcome to achieve success in her career and relationships whilst living with Asperger’s.
- Actually Autistic has created a search tool where you can browse blogs written by autistic people. There is also a handy blog list.
- I Am Connor is a book about a boy with Down’s, written by Connor and his dad.
- A Positive Result is written by Joanne Pasquale whose son has Down’s syndrome.
Neurodiversity at work
This comprehensive PDF guide by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development covers all aspects of hiring neurodiverse candidates.
Organisations (Thailand based)
- The Rainbow Room is a special needs awareness centre for parents, families and friends of neurodiverse people in Bangkok
- LEAP Bangkok provides support for parents of neurodiverse children in Bangkok
Special Education and Inclusion Association (SENIA) for parents and educators.
A note on language
Language has immense power, and over time it changes. Terms which were once acceptable can become hurtful labels. This can differ across geographical and cultural boundaries. We always try to listen to what our trainees are telling us about language, and change the way we speak accordingly.
It is possible some of the resources we’re sharing here don’t meet those standards. We have decided to share them anyway as they could still be useful.
This doesn’t mean we endorse all of the language they use. But on balance we think it’s better to have conversations about this than pretend these issues don’t exist.
Here’s an article we wrote about labels which unpacks this issue.
Tin Tin, a Steps graduate, made this video to describe life with autism and the discrimination some neurodiverse people face.
Stories from Steps
Finn has autism. Read more about his experiences, and how understanding his needs and offering him opportunities changed his life.
Education at Steps
Our vocational centres offer UK-accredited training in a friendly environment for young people aged 12 and up. Read more about our education programmes.
Read more about our incredible young trainees and graduates, many of whom have benefited both socially and vocationally from training with Steps.
El Mercado: A case study
Read about how one Bangkok workplace adapted to hire neurodiverse graduates from Steps, and how the graduates settled in.