For Autism Acceptance Week 2023, Adam Wharton shares his thoughts on the benefits of being autistic:
Autism brings with it many struggles and challenges, but it also brings many strengths and although these are not universal I will go though some of the benefits that my autism brings to my life. First of all, the hyperfocus. If something falls within one of my special interests, I am able to focus on it to the exclusion of almost everything else which allows me to progress in that area at a much faster rate.
Next, the aforementioned special interests, which are areas or subjects that I am especially interested in. In these areas I am able to learn and remember things better if they are linked to one of my special interests. Last but by no means least I come at many problems from different directions than many neurotypical individuals, meaning I find I. can often find new and different ways of solving those problems