The need for coworking designed for neurodiverse people
For somebody on the autism spectrum, an average workplace or coworking space might include many distractions or irritations which a neurotypical (or non-autistic) colleague might not notice. This can be something as basic as smells such as food smells, differing types of lights, or even being subject to an open plan office. If this affects you, you may find yourself feeling stressed out, unproductive, or on the verge of a meltdown.
However, there are some steps those using coworking spaces can take to make workplaces more welcoming for neurodivergent people. In this blog post from UnderPinned, several contributors with experience of autism talk about the problems they can face when working in a space with others, and the ways they have found to cope.
This article maybe be useful for freelancers or those who frequently use coworking spaces, but also may provide some insight for those who work in traditional workspaces who would like to make them more accessible to their autistic colleagues. This includes ideas such as allowing people to work remotely, allowing spaces where people can focus without interruptions, and allowing people to use their time flexibly.