Neuroadaptability of Persons with Exceptionality in the Workplace

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 16:45
Location: Hörsaal 6B P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
Oral Presentation
Melvin JABAR, De La Salle University Manila, Philippines
This paper explores the work experiences of 11 differently-abled individuals who are gainfully employed in both small- and medium-scale enterprises. It looks into their work environment specifically in terms of their relationships with neurotypical co-workers and their own neuroadaptability. The study made use of in-depth interviews, sociometric tests, and time allocation technique.

The results of the study indicate that people with mental exceptionality can perform the tasks expected of them. Despite their limited cognitive capacities, the subjects were seen to be relatively productive, as can be gleaned from the time allocation study. This signals that people with mental disability can indeed be employed, provided that the work environment is receptive to their limitations.

All of the subjects were described by their co-workers as being responsible and committed. The time allocation study results likewise indicate that the subjects were indeed able to perform their expected tasks, although there were a few instances in which they failed to do so, unintentionally or otherwise.

Most of the neurotypical workers are not aware of the conditions of the cases. In general, the co-workers did not show a negative attitude toward the co-workers with exceptionality. To be able to achieve a friendly work environment for persons with exceptionality, neurotypical co-workers must be made aware of the clinical conditions of their mentally challenged co-workers. Neurotypical co-workers need to understand the behavioral manifestations that come with autism and mental retardation, and they must be acquainted with ways in which they can handle and manage such behaviors.