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I want to work : an asperger story / Garry Burge
Bib ID 5178535
Format BookBook
Author
Burge, Garry
 
Description [Westlake, Qld.] : Garry Burge, 2011 
84 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN 9780646555003
Summary

"This book was written to raise awareness of the difficulties confronting adults with Asperger Syndrome. It is based on Garry Burge's personal experience of having Asperger Syndrome and his struggles as he passed through secondary school and into employment."--Back cover.

Subjects Burge, Garry.  |  Burge, Garry -- Childhood and youth.  |  People with mental disabilities -- Employment -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Asperger's syndrome -- Australia -- Biography.
  • I finished reading Garry Burge 's book I Want to Work - An Asperger Story this week. The most poignant feauture of Garry's book is that what holds Aspie's back in the work environment to a large extent is their inability to relate socially and to communicate their concerns and their strengths and yet Garry writes superbly and is fully able to articulate his difficulties and to advocate change. If all communication were written then Garry's world would be a far easier place I am sure. The book is a must read for all employers and anyone associated with people on the autism spectrum. If more employers understood Aspergers they would learn that Aspies, given time, clear instruction and focus on their strengths can be immensely valuable employees, well able to think outside the square. It is mis- apprehending aspects of Asperger's behaviour including their inability to socialize in the workplace that can lead to mistrust and claims of "prima donna" behaviour. Apart from more consultants to assist Aspie's in their job interviews and professional development once employed, one suggestion I might make is the development of a simple one page 10 point explanation of what sets Asperger employees apart, to be included as an attachment to all job applications. Given that the clearly advisable course is for Aspie's to disclose their diagnosis in their job applications it may save applications from the reject pile if potential employers knew that Aspergers is not an allergic reaction to asparagus and that Aspies are hard workers who are just perfect for computer and IT work ( and by the way are the absolute best house sitters!) Great book Garry
    Posted by Stephen Estcourt on 2011-05-21 05:15:43
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