Up to 85% of the Asperger's population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.
Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger's syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists accommodate this growing population, and to help people with Asperger's find and keep gainful employment. Rudy's candid advice is based on her personal experiences and the experiences of over 50 adults with Asperger's from all over the world, in addition to their employers and numerous experts in the field.
Detailed lists of "what the employee can do" and "to employers and advocates" provide balanced guidelines for success, while Rudy's interview tips and personal job map will help Aspergians, young or old, find their employment niche.
There is more to a job than what the tasks are: from social blunders, to sensory issues, to bullying by coworkers, Simone presents solutions to difficult challenges. Readers will be enriched, enlightened, and ready to work--together!
Rudy Simone was born in upstate New York in 1964, but has spent most of her life living in other places, including parts of Asia, Europe, and California. She was a singer-songwriter and a freelance journalist until the publication of her first book, 22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's syndrome. Rudy has had essays published in other books on autism and spirituality (Voices of Autism and 29 Gifts) and for a time was the head staff writer and managing editor of TAPS Paramagazine. In Spring 2010, she released two more popular titles on Asperger's, Aspergirls and Asperger's on the Job. As well as being a lecturer and researcher in the field of Asperger's syndrome (particularly female AS, employment, relationships, and sensory issues), Rudy is a novelist, screenwriter, and a "speakeasy jazz" singer.
If I had read this book when I was in my twenties, I could have avoided many problems with coworkers. I truly believe that this book will help individuals on the autism spectrum get, and keep, the fulfilling jobs that they deserve.--Temple Grandin, world-famous autism expert and author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's
Asperger's on the Job is a good book for potential employees to read, but it's essential for employers. A wonderful achievement.--Michael John Carley, Executive Director of GRASP
I've found this book the best thing out there because it goes into the thinking process of the job seeker/employee, as well as confronts the stereotypes, prejudices, and mindsets of managers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and job coaches, and other career specialists. This is what sets it aside and gives it some legs.--Roger N. Meyer, author of The Asperger syndrome Employment Workbook
156 pages. 2010