Despite challenges in social communication skills people with ASD often display strengths in visual processing. Aerial photography analysis is an occupation reliant on strong visual processing skills that matches this unique profile. We investigated basic-vision and “real-life” visual tasks in 20 cognitively-able young adults with ASD and 20 typically-developed (TD) “gamers”. Basic-vision tests included Visual-Search, Embedded-Figures, and Vigilance; “real-life” tests included aerial-photograph detection and identification. Groups performed equally well, and did not differ significantly on any tasks. The study demonstrates strong visual skills in people with ASD in basic and “real-life” settings, and supports the idea that they may be well suited for employment in occupations that demand high visual perception skills such as aerial photography analysis.
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The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: this work was supported by IMOD (Israel Ministry of Defense)/DDR&D (Directorate of Defense Research & Development)
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- Autism spectrum disorders
- Cognition (attention, learning, memory)
- Visual decoding
- Visual perception
- Visual search
- Vocational/labor force participation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology