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Robert312
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03 Nov 2019, 9:28 am

I went to a disability conference where they showed films of people who had been placed in jobs. Every job was a restaurant or a janitorial job. I understand that there are people with lower abilities who are grateful just to have a job but many Aspies have skills and intelligence and want careers, not just jobs. To coin a phrase: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.

I worked with an agency in Birmingham, Alabama. When I approached them I listed my transferable skills and stated the type of job I was looking for. After a disaster when they made a bad choice I ended up at a grocery store. I got that job myself but they did do coaching. They considered me a success even I went from a part-time job I liked to a disaster then to a part-time job I didn't like. Plus my boss refused to give me full time.

I know a man who has problematic social skills but a good mind. After years of searching, he finally got a job at a cleaning service. His parents were grateful to find that. He has to get up early and ride an hour sometimes to get to work. This can be a beginning job but why can't he get something more convenient? NTs can get starting jobs in their local that is not as erratic. And I don't think the agency is interested in working with him later to help him move up. I don't think he is a suitable candidate for management in the cleaning business, and I know that I would not be interested in managing even though I could do better than most of the bosses I've had. Of course, the agency slaps themselves on the back about their success.

I contacted the agency saying I wanted to talk to them about ideas I had about how they could improve. They know me. They should respect me and know I was series. The leader pushed me down to the employment manager and she only talked to me on the phone. Even I can read a put-off. I sent an e-mail with links, conference slid photos, and a conference video and got a polite thank you.

They know more about getting employment for Aspies than Aspies do. Look I'm a trained monkey. Watch! I do tricks!


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03 Nov 2019, 11:37 am

I do not advocate self-disclosure before being hired. Too many people have wrong ideas about what it means to have an ASD. We’re not mentally deficient, we’re not mass-murderers, and we’re not going to hide in the stockroom and stim all day long. We’re people, with quirks, talents and dreams of our own, just like everyone else.


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03 Nov 2019, 12:07 pm

Landing your first job can be difficult. But you build from there because you are building up your skill set. What I find strange in your case is that you are 57 years old and that at your age you should be nearing the end of a career rather than at the beginning.

On another point, maybe work is not using your full potential. That may be true. But I considered work to provide me finances to pursue my interest. It is my interest outside of work that utilize my full potential.