For those of you who have not seen one of my videos, I’ve been on SSDI since I got diagnosed with Autism/Asperger’s back in 2009, at the age of 40. I have since learned what I needed to know about myself during my school years and have since been trying to find someone who would give me a chance to do something that I could succeed at. I finally was given the right lead on Saturday, November 18, 2017, by a fellow Autistic/ Aspie who attended my monthly Autism discussion group.
I not only recount my path from that tip to my first day of work, my company’s orientation on Friday, January 26, 2018; but also a rough draft of a blue print that Autistic/Aspie self-advocates can take in order to be able to work professionally with our fellow Autistics/Aspies.
Furthermore, this all fits into a much bigger picture plan to, not only overhaul how the system that is supposed to be Autistics/Aspies operates, but also the entire social services system. I also made a reference in the video to an Arizona state politician who claims to be interested in my idea, but that’s still a long way away from anyone putting my plan into action. Nevertheless, this is just the 1st step.
PDF of the letter I wrote to the AZ Legislature on December 4, 2017, distributed on December 8, 2017, that I made mention of in this video: Voc Rehab SM
PDF of “Getting Autistics/Aspies Jobs and Off Public Assistance” that I made mention of in this video: Getting Autistic Aspie Off Public Assistance
PDF of Follow Up letter I distributed to the AZ Legislature on February 12, 2018, after this video was made: Follow Up SM