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Asperger Syndrome and Employment: Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome

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Book - Asperger Syndrome and Employment: Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome

by: Editors Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon

About the author:

Dr Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. "I came into the field' almost accidentally, when I was working as a support worker in adult residential services. The NAS were setting up a service locally and I happened to apply for a post there - luckily I got the job, and fell in love with it from day one. In hindsight it turns out that I have had autism in my life way before then - but that's another story."

ISBN: 978-1-84310-648-7

Year: 2008

Publication Info: Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (Mar 15 2008)
Language: English


Employment is an important part of a healthy, balanced and fulfilling life but less than 20 per cent of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are in work at any one time. The adults with AS in this book explore the issues surrounding employment, providing advice and insights for others with AS, as well as their employers and colleagues.Drawing on personal experience and lessons learned, “Asperger Syndrome and Employment” looks at: the transition from education to employment; the importance of matching skills to career choices; practical coping strategies for employees with AS in the workplace; advice for employers, including the need to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid discrimination; and, ways in which employment services ought to work for people with AS.This is essential reading for adults with AS, their family and friends, employment services and career advisers, and companies needing to know how, in practical terms, to accommodate employees with AS.



Preface to the Series. Genevieve Edmonds. Introduction. Luke Beardon 1. Employment for People with Asperger Syndrome: What’s Needed? Giles Harvey. 2. The Job Needs to Work for the Worker. PJ Hughes. 3. Experiences of Employment and Stress Before My Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Alexandra Brown. 4. `How Do You Communicate that You Have a Communication Problem ‘When You Have a Communication Problem?’ Asperger Syndrome and Employment. Neil Shepherd. 5. Case Study by an Employee with Asperger Syndrome and His Line Manager. Dean Worton and Paul Binks. 6. The World of Work (Is Not Another Planet) and My Journey to Get There. Dr John Biddulph. 7. Finding, Applying For and Starting a Job. Mark Haggarty. 8. What I Have Learned from 25 Years of Employment. Steve Jarvis. 9. Asperger Syndrome and Employment: My Experiences and Observations. Anne Henderson. 10. What Aspies Need to Know When Working in the Neurotypical Environment. Cornish. 11. A Melmacian in the Workplace: Asperger Syndrome for Employers. Chris Mitchell. 12. Surviving the Workplace: Asperger Syndrome at Work. Stuart Vallantine. 13. The Importance of Motivation and Clear Communication at Work. Vicky Bliss. 14. Continuing to Search for the Rights Job for Me. Philip Bricher. 15. I’m Just So Willing to Work. Emma Beard. List of Contributors. Index.



This is the book we need for guidance on employment for people with Asperger’s syndrome. The contributors describe their employment experiences and offer sound advice. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the success stories and took note of the words of warning of what not to do.- Professor Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.


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