I have been denied SSI maybe 2 or 3 times. They feel autism doesn't keep me from working and I am here to say that it does affect me greatly. I explain how the issues associated with autism would complicate my ability to be able to function on a job or even keep it.
I talk about how I struggle to find a job I can handle due to my traits associated with autism. My folks want me to get a retail job but they fail to understand how being around so many people, being under pressure, being on someone else's time, how that would make my anxiety worse. I explain how my traits such as anxiety would complicate being on a job.
Most states started proposing work requirements in order to keep getting food stamps. 2 months after I saw Trump's proposal on it, I got a letter in the mall from the company saying I needed to come it, but the letter did not say what for. And I felt like the world was crashing down when they told me I had to participate in a work program. After all the stress that the last program costed me, I couldn't go through it again. Also because they are trying to get people without disabilities working, I wouldn't have the support I needed and because they see me as an adult, they will deny and requests I have so I can thrive. I mentioned this because it affects those of us who can't find/hold down a job. But may get food stamps to at least help whoever they live with bringing in groceries. Think about how many of us would be starving if we can't hold/find a job and they stip our stamps away. This is what it's like being in a neurotypical world. We are held on the same standards as the NTs.
I propose a solution to chronic unemployment for adults with autism. I proposed that programmers hire us. Even if we just test their app and give feedback. I think this can help us and we can use our skills. Perhaps the programmer will be more understanding than your past employers/co-workers. You can remotely help the programmer so no worries about being in crowds.
I feel that if retail jobs aren't for us, something is. I think we should stop chasing after jobs that we cannot thrive and at chase something we can thrive at.
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