The deadline for this petition to create public sector jobs for highly skilled people with Asperger syndrome passed yesterday with just 37 signatures. I'd hoped it would have been a lot more than that.
I started writing this blog about my experiences of looking for work from early 2008 given that I have a relatively moderate condition of Asperger syndrome. I was in the classic Catch 22 of not being impaired enough to be deemed "incapable of work" in the benefit system, but finding employers' requirements for "good / excellent communication skills" meant that I would not often be their first choice of person.
I am employed now with my breakthrough being an agency job I started in May going medium term and at the end of September, transferring onto the employer's own books on a fixed term to the end of February. I recognise that I have not had as much time to continue the blog, for the right reason, though I have continued to link to other blogs, news articles and forum threads I identify with from my unemployed experience and I am well aware not to count too many chickens.
I wish to remain anonymous hence no full name or photo on this profile.