The focus of this blog is to increase understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome, to provide solutions, and in doing so, increase hope for individuals on the autism spectrum.
I recently came across a three part series of articles from author Gavin Bollard, who writes for his blog called Living With Aspergers. I contacted him and got his kind permission to reprint his three articles titled, “Improving Employment Prospects for Aspies.” It’s truly an honor to be able to print his articles here. This is the first article, and it’s bound to create some great discussion around this topic. I look forward to hearing your comments.
This article appeared on the Columbus Dispatch last Monday and I’ve been pondering its deeper meanings since then. It highlights an important problem and is well worth a read.
Young adults with Asperger’s syndrome struggle to find jobs,
- Limit your education
- Limit your expectations
- Be less picky about your initial jobs
- Choose suitable jobs
- Try not to make waves
- Consider your interests
- Stop Focussing on the idea of “giving” jobs to the disabled
- Recognise aspie strengths
- Be flexible
- Be mentoring
- Be accepting
Asperger’s on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates
The next book I recommend is by Temple Grandin, PhD, titled Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism- Updated, Expanded Edition