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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This is about Aspergers/high-functioning autistic ADULTS

Posted on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 4:00 AM

There is nothing for adults with Aspergers/high-functioning autism in this province, except constant referrals to non-existent services allegedly provided by agencies catering to families and children, and/or referrals to costly private services that the majority of AS adults cannot access. As a group, we are disproportionately un- or under-employed, with no money for such services and no health insurance. Whining by another special interest group in NS? Sure, but we constitute a group with high potential to contribute to the economy as taxpayers and employees who put our jobs ahead of most other aspects of life. That's part of our diagnosis: people with above-average intelligence, socially impoverished lives and a dedication to our work. Only about 12-15% of us are considered employed at a self-supporting level, unfortunately. We are too educated and erudite and "niche" for the disability-oriented employment services. It is no matter of feeling "too good for" customer service and much blue collar work--we simply crash and burn in these AS-inappropriate fields to which we are consigned due to our lack of ability to network and frequent social isolation. A net asset to the economy if properly supported, we are instead a net drain. I'm personally sick of the referrals to inappropriate or financially inaccessible services, and well-meaning advice to ask my non-existent "family and friends" to go to bat for me in the effort to access treatment and/or employment. I'm no lazy, uneducated sponge, but nor am I able to use the usual conduits to sustainable employment (because of the disability). I keep looking and trying, on an empty stomach. —Burned Bridges

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