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I wrote A Book About Autism, where I showcase how hard it is for some of us to get or keep a job. I think it’s important to know about this. We all have to grow up sometime. I think it’s important for teachers, and parents to know that when we turn 18, it will be hard for us to get and/or keep a job. This blog post will be a breakdown of each chapter and maybe provide more info on the book before you buy it.
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 mail 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 cost 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 any 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 to 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.
If you use Gumroad, use the code ‘wired differently and you will get one dollar off.
This was my first attempt at writing an ebook or guild. I am updating this as of March 2022. I wrote the book either late 2018 or mid-2019. It was done without any funds ( eg hiring a proofreader) since I had no money coming in at the time. I was thinking about writing a better one. Although I am not blogging about autism anymore. Maybe a work-from-home guild would be a better fit. Or a guild to starting a Youtube channel. Autistic adults who struggle with jobs can be my prime audience maybe. We’ll see.
I class this as being a content creator since my autism does affect it to an extent. Like if a viewer leaves vague feedback, they mistake me asking questions to understand better by not taking the feedback or being rude.