School & Jobs

Civil servant with Asperger’s fired and labeled a health hazard

By alex on July 26, 2006

Edinburgh, Scotland: A civil servant with Asperger's syndrome was fired by tax office managers after union representatives labelled him a health hazard, a tribunal has heard.

Patrick Roberts, 48, was sacked from his job with Customs and Excise when representatives from the LTS union described his behaviour as "a health and safety risk" to his fellow workers.

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Dear Aspie: Offering Condolences to an NT Coworker

By alex on April 3, 2006

Dear Aspie:
'A coworker's husband passed away last week from cancer; today was her first day back. I've only worked here for a short time so I don't know her that well, but I want to offer my condolences. I don't want to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. But if I say nothing, she might think I'm cold-hearted and don't care. What advice can you offer?'

--SunDevil


Read on for GroovyDruid's response!

”Those with hidden disabilities face the most discrimination.”

By alex on October 17, 2005

Or so says Beverly Hatlen, founder of the Minnesota Life College, a three year school for young adults with hidden disabilities including Asperger's, Learning Disabilities, and speech or hearing difficulties. The school, housed in a modest apartment building selected for its proximity to bus lines, jobs and stores, doesn't issue degrees but instead concentrates on "real skills for real life."

Autism college saves journeys – ic Wales

By alex on September 16, 2005

Google News reports:
Autism college saves journeys
ic Wales, United Kingdom - Sep 14, 2005
... People affected by the condition - which includes autism and Asperger's syndrome - usually experience difficulties with social interaction, problems with ...


Link to article

Teachers bullied boy, opposition claims

By alex on March 30, 2005

An eight-year-old boy wanted to kill himself after alleged bullying by teachers at his public school in NSW's southern highlands, his parents said.

The NSW opposition, who made the claims public today, said two teachers constantly humiliated the boy – who has a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome – over a period of three years.

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Mother: Autistic son mistreated in Barnegat school

By alex on December 9, 2004

The Asbury Park Press reports:

A Barnegat mother, who has said school officials in June used a chair to restrain her autistic son in a room, has filed complaints with the state Department of Education to investigate whether the district broke any laws while educating her two sons.

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Teacher abuse worries parents of autistic kids in N.C.

By alex on November 28, 2004

The New Observer carries this AP report::

Parents commit an act of faith every day when they send their children to school, trusting that teachers and administrators will take proper care of their offspring.

That's especially true for parents of autistic children, some of whom can't speak for themselves when trouble arises. And a couple of recent cases alleging abuse by teachers are especially troubling for that reason. The Charlotte...

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East Lansing, Ingham schools sued over autistic student’s care

By alex on October 26, 2004

Detroit Free Press Reports:

A woman says in a lawsuit that an agency working for the East Lansing School District repeatedly left her 21-year-old autistic son alone in a locked car rather than caring for him.

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A new generation of people with disabilities is heading for the work force

By alex on October 4, 2004

The online edition of the Houston Chronicle writes on "A new generation of people with disabilities is heading for the work force" in their online edition.

interesting read.

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Social skills in school

By alex on September 18, 2004

The site www.naspcenter.org has a factsheet page on social skills. I found their definition of the different types of social skills very interesting.

1. Survival skills (e.g., listening, following directions, ignoring distractions, using nice or brave talk, rewarding yourself)

2. Interpersonal skills (e.g., sharing, asking for permission, joining an activity, waiting your turn)

3. Problem-solving skills (e.g., asking for help, apologizing,...

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