I have some sensory issues associated with my autism and some sensory issues that I don’t know where they came from or what they are. One thing that I know is autism is when someone is talking to me and I hear something else or someone starts talking nearby, I will lose my focus and have trouble concentrating on the person I am supposed to be focusing on. This has been an issue at my current job at the grocery store because there are A LOT of noises from everywhere. I’ve gotten better at focusing, but if something interesting catches my attention that is more interesting than my customer, then I have trouble. When I was a manager at the store, I had to listen to all the intercom calls all the while interacting with customers, which was sometimes difficult.
I recently got a new job at a non-profit for people with disabilities. I am struggling with deciding when I should tell them about my autism though. I want to prove to them I can do the job before I dump my problems on them, but I also want them to understand that, for example, the sensory issues I have with people talking nearby. I think I’ve come to the decision that on the first day, I’ll tell my manager that I have some sensory issues and will benefit from getting directives in a quiet place.
One thing that I don’t think is autism and actually don’t have any idea what it is, is the fact that I loud noises that I expect don’t seem loud to me. Last week, I dropped a pile of grocery baskets in the lobby and it made a loud enough noise that it echoed, but all I heard was the echo. This happens quite a bit with other things too, but that’s the only thing I can think of and the most recent thing that happened to me.
Here’s a quick link of some information about sensory issues: