Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability

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Most people with Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) are underemployed. This book sets out to change this. With practical and technical advice on everything from job hunting to interview techniques, from 'fitting in' in the workplace to whether or not to disclose a diagnosis, this book guides people with NLD or AS successfully through the employment field. There is also information for employers, agencies and careers counsellors on AS and NLD as 'invisible' disabilities, including an ...

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Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Stories and Strategies

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Overview

Most people with Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) are underemployed. This book sets out to change this. With practical and technical advice on everything from job hunting to interview techniques, from 'fitting in' in the workplace to whether or not to disclose a diagnosis, this book guides people with NLD or AS successfully through the employment field. There is also information for employers, agencies and careers counsellors on AS and NLD as 'invisible' disabilities, including an analysis of the typical strengths of somebody with NLD or AS, and how to use these positively in the workplace. Practical information and lists of career resources are supported by numerous case studies to inspire and advise. An essential resource for people with NLD or AS seeking or in employment and their existing or potential employers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843107668
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/26/2004
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 670,024
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables 8
Acknowledgements 9
Disclaimer 9
Introduction 11
Pt. I Career Voices
1 I Should Have Listened 35
2 The Lawyer 39
3 The Long Road 43
4 The Research Associate 48
5 The Professor 52
6 For the Love of Books 60
7 Try, Try Again 66
8 The Corporate Backpacker 71
9 Teaching 78
10 The Prodigal Son 82
11 The Eccentric 89
12 The Transcriptionist 94
13 Great Expectations 99
14 Survival in the Workplace 108
15 The Salesman 115
16 The Graduate 122
17 In Pursuit of Approval 126
18 The Entrepreneur 130
Pt. II Career Strategies
19 Career Planning for the AS/NLD Individual 137
20 Career Counseling for the NLD/AS World 156
21 Transitioning from School to Work 165
22 A Short Intro to Job Hunting 171
23 Presenting Yourself in Print 173
24 Showcase Your Work: Using a Professional Portfolio to Advance your Career 175
25 Presenting Yourself in Person 180
26 How to Survive the Job Interview 187
27 Questions to Ask at the Job Interview 191
28 The Employer's Perspective on Hiring People with NLD/AS 193
29 Your First Hundred Days 200
30 Work Issues 207
31 Major Hurdles: Sociability and Communication 218
32 More Hurdles 232
33 A Few Lists 246
34 Disclosing: If, When, and How to Do It 250
35 Some Commandments for an Employer who is Working with an NLD Employee 257
36 Strategies for Successful Employment 259
37 Workplace Bullying and the NLD/AS Individual 262
38 You Have a Bad Attitude 281
39 Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and the NLD/AS Individual 284
40 I Have a Dream 295
41 Individual Employee Plan 297
42 Career Choices 300
Pt. III Resources
Disability Resources 305
Career Resources 320
Bibliography 328
Subject Index 330
Author Index 336
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Well Written Tremendous Resource

    This book is a very organized employment guide for people with Asperger Syndrome or Non Verbal Learning Disability (AS/NLD) and their friends. It would also be an excellent resource for Vocational Rehabilitation professionals, enabling them to understand these often misunderstood neurological disorders. After retiring at 63 years of age from a career as an Electronic Engineer I did some research on my lifelong weaknesses. I discovered I had a Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) and ran across this book. Having NLD meant that although I was very good at challenging and creative tasks I couldn¿t easily do things that most people take for granted like folding paper. As one person quoted in the book says, ¿I am generally quicker than others catching up with all sorts of knowledge and skills that require analytical understanding but I need much more time to get used to different telephones or copiers and to know where to find what.¿ I wish I had access to this kind of book when I was working. I read it eagerly from cover to cover. The book, written by someone with NLD, covers the gamut and includes descriptions of what AS and NLD is, biographies of actual people with NLD and AS including what jobs worked for them at what didn¿t, and information for the AS/NLD person on how to plan a career, how to look for a job and how to function on the job. Included are lists of resources including organizations and websites. The book would also be useful for employers who could benefit from the strengths of AS/NLD people and would be willing to accommodate for their small weaknesses. As stated in the book: ¿Projects that allow the employee to use his/her creativity and problem-solving skills are best. Employers should value the individual¿s laser-like concentration ability and understand and respect these employees¿ work style.¿

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