Author: Rudy Simone
Publisher: Future Horizons
Up to 85% of the Asperger's population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.
Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger's Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists accommodate this growing population, and to help people with Asperger’s find and keep gainful employment.
Rudy's candid advice is based on her personal experiences and the experiences of over 50 adults with Asperger's from all over the world, in addition to their employers and numerous experts in the field.
Detailed lists of "what the employee can do" and "to employers and advocates" provide balanced guidelines for success, while Rudy's "Interview Tips" and "Personal Job Map" tools will help Aspergians, young or old, find their employment niche.
There is more to a job than what the tasks are: from social blunders, to sensory issues, to bullying by coworkers, Simone presents solutions to difficult challenges. Readers will be enriched, enlightened, and ready to work—together!
"If I had read this book when I was in my twenties, I could have avoided many problems with coworkers. I truly believe that this book will help individuals on the autism spectrum get, and keep, the fulfilling jobs that they deserve."
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., world-famous autism expert and author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's
"This is a most timely book! I'm pleased to see someone finally write about the incredible value of employees with Asperger's Syndrome (they're wonderful employees). Based on her typical, thorough research and documentation, author Rudy Simone shows us how people with Asperger's and their employers can find mutual success in the workplace. This book is THE guide for how people on the spectrum can find jobs and succeed. It's MUST reading for employers, teachers, and those with Asperger's looking for work."
Craig Evans, Founder of AutismHangout.com)
"Asperger’s on the Job is a good book for potential employees to read, but it's essential for employers. A wonderful achievement."
Michael John Carley, Executive Director of GRASP
About the Author
Rudy Simone was born in upstate New York in 1964, but spent most of her life living in other places, including parts of Asia, Europe, and California. A person on the autism spectrum, Rudy knows her topic well—her previous jobs include waitressing, editing, owning her own café, landscape gardening, office managing, singing, and writing. Rudy has had essays published in other books on autism and spirituality (Voices of Autism and 29 Gifts) and for a time was the head staff writer and managing editor of TAPS Paramagazine. In 2009, her first book 22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome was published, and then in 2010, she released two more popular titles on Asperger's, Aspergirls and Asperger's on the Job. In addition to being a lecturer and researcher in the field of Asperger's Syndrome (focusing on how AS affects females, employment, relationships, and sensory issues), Rudy is also currently a novelist, screenwriter, and a "speakeasy jazz" singer.