As most of my followers know by now, the cold truth about my current employment status is that there isn’t one. That’s right, I’m unemployed. At least by having my own place though, I have it slightly better than George Costanza, as illustrated in the clip below.
Unfortunately though, real life isn’t as easy as doing the opposite of what you normally do and then expecting amazing results. Real life, my friends, is a little bit more of a challenge. One of the biggest things that happens in real life, is employment.
I will never let AS completely define me. It’s not who I am, instead it’s just a small part of me. I’m still outgoing, funny, caring and well-educated, regardless of having AS. The one thing that I can’t ignore though, is what research and science says about employment and having ASD.
Take a look at the following link to a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry last fall.
Basically what the study is saying, is that just over 50% of people with ASD have held paying jobs after they graduated high school.
Also, in the Autism Speaks article that I linked to above, take note of the following quote:
“In Postsecondary Employment Experiences Among Young Adults With an Autism Spectrum Disorder, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Shattuck’s team reports that young adults with autism spectrum disorders have worse employment outcomes in the first few years after high school than do peers who have other types of disabilities.”
Again, that’s not an enlightening thing to read.
As someone who has been through three jobs in less than two years after graduating college, I can attest to the lack of good employment for people with ASD.
I’m sorry that I’m on my soapbox and that this post is so long. I just really want people to be made aware of what I’m really up against so others can understand another one of the daily battles that I face as someone who has ASD. Oh and one more thing, below is my resume.
That’s right, I’m putting my resume up on this blog. It’s got my phone number, email and my address. So in theory, if you wanted to start calling me at weird times of the night or randomly showing up at my door, now I’ve given you that ability. My hope though is that as my readers, you will see two things. 1. What a resume of someone with ASD looks like. And 2. Maybe, just maybe, you can pass it on to someone you know, that might be able to give me an opportunity to prove what I can do in the workplace.
Have a great end to your Thursday and please remember…HIRE AN ASPIE DARN IT!! WE ARE A VITAL PART OF THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE TOO!!!
One final note, Dan Aykroyd, yes, the actor, is an Aspie. If you don’t believe me, check out this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2521032/Dan-Aykroyd-I-Aspergers–symptoms-included-obsessed-ghosts.html
If one of The Blues Brothers could get hired, I certainly can too!