Is the Academy a arefuge for those with Asperger’s or otherwise on the high functioning side of the Autism Spectrum? Has this changed?
In days past, people with Asperger’s syndrome would be comfortably based at University and able to conduct their research throughout their academic careers. However, Universities have changed and are now much more financially orientated and status is based in terms of publications and research grants. This ability (sic) to convince others of the value of the research can be to the detriment of those with Asperger’s syndrome and the expectation of working in research teams has also been very difficult for those with Asperger’s syndrome.
emphasis added. Does the increasing* importance of winning NIH grants in bioscience careers slant the table away from those who were previously successful despite having traits which placed them on the spectrum?
* if true
July 14, 2010
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