Autism Spectrum Disorder: emotion work in the workplace

Brownlow, Charlotte and Werth, Shalene and Keefe, Kathleen (2018) Autism Spectrum Disorder: emotion work in the workplace. In: Work and identity: contemporary perspectives on workplace diversity. Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., United Kingdom, pp. 23-37. ISBN 978-3-319-73935-9


The number of people with invisible disabilities who undertake paid employment is increasing (Vickers, 2017). However, workplaces, particularly small and medium enterprises, are not always structured to manage a diverse workforce with differing needs and often the expectation is that the worker adjust themselves to the norms and expectations of that workplace (Werth, 2013). In reality however, where an employer finds that they have an employee who discloses a disability, employers in Australia have an obligation under the Disability Discrimination Act ([DDA] 1992) to not discriminate against them. The groups of workers who are protected by the provisions of the DDA include those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are rising number of workers with ASD in paid employment and there is a need for employers to develop strategies for the support of these workers (Neely & Hunter, 2014). This chapter examines the influences on disclosure decisions and factors that impact on the identity of workers with ASD, include stigma management, peer support, and level of disability and required supports.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 04:53
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:46
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73936-6

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