I felt that my blog would be more authentic if I have stories from autistic adults regarding their struggles with employment. I personally feel people could connect if they hear from someone other than me.
For example, I was on a Facebook post on an autism page I follow. They explained the reason behind why the dishes never get done for instance. Someone commented that this was the thing that caused them to lose jobs because they finished their work early and was seen as lazy for not doing more work for the hell of it. They didn't understand why they had to do more work for no reason. That story would be purer if they quote it on this blog rather than me repeating it.
I am conducting a survey to get your autism unemployment stories. All you need you to do is leave a short story ( I'd say a paragraph should do) explaining your issues with gaining or keeping a job. I made a google docs survey since that's easier and you don't need an account or anything to do this. Click here to fill out the survey.
How are we expected to make a change for unemployed autistic adults if we don't speak up? The unemployment for Nts is probably 10 or 20%
Unemployment for us is 80%. This is unacceptable! You want to know why so many of us are unemployed. Interviews, stigmas, jobs that don't have the right setting for us. The list can go on. Its time something changes. There need to be programs for us. Programs that help us find a job that works for US and not THEM.
When I went through that useless vocational program they wee suggesting what they wanted me to do and not what will work for me. I was the one going to be working there and struggling not them.