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Asperger’s on the Job: must-have advice for people with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism and their employers, educators and advocates,
Rudy Simone



November 2010

Review by Special Needs Almanac

Asperger’s on the Job: must-have advice for people with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism and their employers, educators and advocates,
Rudy Simone
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Are you frustrated by the fact that, despite your intelligence and abilities, you have difficulty getting and keeping full-time employment? Isn’t it confusing and illogical that people of average intelligence and abilities seem to fit in more easily in the workplace than people with Asperger’s? If you would like answers to these questions, this book was written for you. It helps people with Asperger’s realize what they need to be successful on the job and shows them how to ask for it. It shows employers how to easily work with people on the spectrum.

“[T]hose with Asperger’s possess some extremely useful, important, creative, and marketable skills that employers are missing out on … It is thought that over 85% of people with AS are without fulltime employment.”

Author Rudy Simone is an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome and a successful author, consultant and musician. She calls upon her own experiences as well as the experiences of more than 50 adults with Asperger’s from many different parts of the world. She provides guidance and advice from experts in the field of employment and persons with Asperger’s.

“I truly believe that this book will help individuals on the autism spectrum get, and keep, the fulfilling jobs they deserve. And the whole world will benefit from their passion and ingenuity.” Foreword – Temple Grandin. Temple explains how people with Asperger’s can get hired by showing their work, not trying to tell a potential employer what they could do. She took a portfolio along to job interviews, since she knew the potential employer would probably find her unusual during the interview. She recommends freelancing as a viable option for people with Asperger’s, as it helps avoid many social problems. Teaching at a university has also proved workable for Temple, and has allowed her to continue her freelance work as well. Temple suggests using a four part strategy: work in your strong area, such as visual thinking; request accommodations such as very detailed instructions; be aware that co-workers may sabotage your work out of jealousy, and find ways to avoid these problems through psychology; and anticipate and prevent potential employment problems. Temple Grandin, Ph.D, author of Thinking in Pictures, Developing Talents, and The Way I See It.

People with Asperger’s sometimes face intolerance, teasing, even bullying on the job – by fellow employees and by bosses. One of the persons interviewed in the book said that a boss asked him if there was medication he could take in order to fit in better on the job. “I wonder if NTs [neurotypical people] would be prepared to take mind-altering medication so that they got on better with AS [Asperger‘s Syndrome] colleagues.”

Do not miss the Additional Tools section of the book. There is a real gem there – a Personal Job Map to find the perfect job/career for you. Make sure you review the Interview Tips for Those with Asperger’s before every job interview.

You deserve to love what you do, to be happy on the job, to have a secure job and to be paid commensurate with your abilities and performance. This book will help those things happen for you. It is great resource for employers, educators, therapists and advocates, and for people with Asperger’s.

Highly recommended.

Five stars out of five.

It's high time everyone appreciates the value of people with Asperger's. As a person with such, appraising your worth is just a start. As for employers, have all your questions answered and understand the importance and skills staff with Asperger's have. Start making the world a better place for everyone by securing a copy of Asperger’s on the Job: must-have advice for people with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism and their employers, educators and advocates by clicking Future Horizons.

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