"S.I.M.O.N.", an illustrated guide to help people with autism in the workplace

Living better together by integrating people with autism into the world of work is one of our causes. However, integrating these talents means that all concerned must be properly prepared. Created by Handisup, the S.I.M.O.N. guide helps employers who recruit people with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s. A real tool for inclusion, the guide is illustrated and deals with some major issues. The second edition, with a print run of 8,000 copies, comes out today and you will find selected chapters on our social media.

An illustrated "user guide" intended for employers

Hypersensitivity to sounds and smells, ignorance of social rules and difficulty working with others… these problems which are specific to people with autism must be taken into account by the employer when integrating employees with autism.
For example, pointing out even the most basic rules of politeness helps to reassure Mélissa, who tells us: "The rules concerning the polite form "vous" vary from one place to the next. If it is not clearly spelt out, I use the informal "tu" with people who address me as "tu" and "vous" with those who use "vous"."

When working in a team, a person with autism might not want to speak up. And yet they might have lots of great ideas but not be able to share them. It is important to give them an opportunity to speak.



The other purpose of this support tool is to demystify autism for everybody by showing that it can be an asset for the team. In fact, people with autism who generally take an interest in only one or two specific areas, very often read about them every day until they become experts. Furthermore, many people with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s work in very technical jobs and sectors, such as aeronautics and IT.

A job coach to follow up with the support programme


The coach provides a link between the school, the student, the employer and the family. He or she advises the various parties and analyses the needs in order to provide better support for the young people.

"The link and trust are essential for them. That’s why I need to be present before, during and after their period of work experience to provide continuity for the young person and the employer," explains Anaïs, Coach.
As the real interface between all the parties, the Coach proposes adjustments to the employer and raises awareness among other employees of this as yet little-known disability.

The guide is available in PDF format on the Handisup website.

S.I.M.O.N. stands for "Solution Innovante à Mettre en Oeuvre Nationalement" (innovative solution to be implemented nationally). It is also the name of the first autistic student assisted by Handisup.

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