“Thousands of Autistic people are shut out of employment. Their skills are going to waste”
Do I need to say anything else? This is a HUGE problem in our community.
I was very fortunate to have friends get me into my first few jobs as I built my resume. Then I learned in a management class what to look for when interviewing people – so I became the person you want to meet in an interview (at lest in the interview).
My “interview character” is a mask I wear. It is a fake me I call on to get jobs – and she is GOOD.
Nothing makes my anxiety pump more than a one on one conversation with a stranger.
Tip – if your armpits sweat when your are nervous, like mine do EVERY time I have to speak in a meeting – cover them.
Inside I may be freaking out, but my alter ego takes care of the interview. There have been times when I have over-promised and gotten myself in over my head but getting in the door is always the hardest part. This is a skill i learned and it took study and effort.
So many Aspies, who have talents and gifts to offer the world, cannot get jobs due to sensory issues and trouble in social situations. The world needs us but is unintentionally shutting us out.
Please watch the powerful video from the The National Autistic Society – Could You Stand the Rejection?
I can take NO credit for the video but this topic needs to be discussed.
Asking for accommodation can be difficult.
I struggle with this personally because of my difficulty verbalizing things regarding my needs in face to face conversations. If I am asking for an accommodation, than I am probably already fairly uncomfortable.
If I am able to explain what I need PLEASE just take my word for it even if you don’t understand the reason behind my request. When people have too many questions about why I need what I need or treat me with skepticism I tend freeze up.
I don’t want special treatment, I just want to be as comfortable as I can be in a world that really was not built for me.
I really enjoy the videos from Autistic Genius on YouTube. Please check out his channel and subscribe for more great content. I can take NO credit for the video below.
Be yourself. Why would you want to blend in when you were born to stand out?
I’ve never been more miserable and insecure than I was when I was trying to fit in with the rest of the world.
Accepting myself and not letting my light be hidden or moved by those who don’t understand me has changed my world.
Have self compassion and get to know and love the real you. Don’t let others ever make you feel bad about being real.
It doesn’t matter what other people think of you.
Always do your best with honest intentions and nothing else matters.
I am a fan of the Remrov’s World of Autism channel on YouTube. It is exciting to see someone so expressive and honest speaking out about the issues that we Aspies face. Please check out Remrov’s World of Autism for more great content and subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss a video.
The Spoon Theory is an amazing way to explain the energy drain that many Autistic people feel. If I get too low in Spoons I get VERY sick so it is important for me to conserve my energy and avoid too many activities that take away the most spoons.
Some activities take more out of me than others, even enjoyable activities can be taxing on my spoon supply. Socializing and having a full time job uses almost all of my spoons most days. Sitting under florescent lights or being in a loud noisy environment slowly drains my spoons as well.
I limit my social activities and don’t get out on days that I go to work since these take up so much energy.
Also I need time to “regather my spoons”. After I get worn down it takes time to build my energy levels back up. It is extremely important that I have quiet time to recover or I can get stuck in a repeated meltdown / burnout loop.
This video from Big Think has some great points. I have never felt like the public school system was fair to me and the way I needed to learn in my own way.
Teachers wanted me to sit still and my peers bullied me. I have always loved learning but I HATED school. Something is wrong with that picture.
The world needs different types of minds, all minds, different perspectives. They are all valuable.
I can take no credit for Big Think‘s video below. Please check them out for more content.
I’ve suffered with chronic insomnia my entire life.
I used to sleep under sofa cushions and pillows as a child and now, because I cannot sleep unless I have a heavy (not weighted) blanket over me – EVEN IF I AM HOT.
Being squeezed tight and makes me feel calm. Those weighted blankets are a bit expensive, so I don’t have one but I definitely want one!
Princess Aspien has another video (which I can take no credit for). I am super addicted to her channel. Please subscribe and check out her video explaining her experience with using weighted blankets to help her insomnia.