Getting Autistics Jobs and Off Public Assistance
I have updated the teaching out line since I originally presented this information to include more detailed solutions to the issues that I addressed. Nevertheless, you can still use it as a guild while watching this series.
This video references both of the following documents. I recommend that you download both so you can see for yourself that my commentary on both of them is accurate.
2008 JAN (Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Asperger’s Syndrome [Based on the DSM 4]):
2013 JAN (Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Autism Spectrum Disorder [Based on the DSM 5]):
I spent more time during last month’s presentation talking about “the JAN” then I intended. Because of this, I barely touch on my assessment of Voc-Rehab. So this month, I focused almost solely on that. However, I realized that I still left out a few points, so I attached an almost 10 minute amendment that I recorded early this afternoon to the presentation video.
After I finished & was getting ready to leave to the public library so I could use their super high speed internet to up load the video, I realized that there was still a couple of points that I intend to bring up. However, I restrained my perfectionistic tendencies by realizing that these points would only further reinforced (or should I say dog piling on top of) points that I’d already made.
Transition to Independence Act (S.1604)
Sam Bartlow, a fellow autistic self-advocate, received an email notification for the ASAN (Autism Self-Advocacy Network) concerning the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604) and shared the information with me. I became concerned with some of what I was reading in the “Factsheet” that ASAN had released. In order to clarify what this bill is actually about, I downloaded a copy of it so I could read it for myself:
After reading through the bill, I am even more concerned about the apparent short sightedness of those who wrote it. Note that the language I am using indicates that I am open to the possibility that there is more to this plan than I am aware of, and that those who wrote it might be able to set me straight on some or all of my concerns. The first step for them to do this is to engage in direct dialog with me, as well as others who may also have concerns.
In order to bring this about, I have contacted 7 of the 11 members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation to invite them to be guests on my August 12, 2015, internet radio program. Two of them were contacted by email, two by hand letter to their home office and three by both methods. Since they were only given a week and a half notice, I am not chastising them for not participating.
However, I do hope that at least one of their aides will take the time to listen to the broadcast, and/or the video of the 3rd Saturday of the month meeting on August 15, 2015, that I will post online. I also intend to link both the broadcast and video to a number of social media sites that are most conducive to public comment. If one of the aides do visit these online resources that I will be providing them with links to, I believe they will feel that the information shared is of such a high quality that they will encourage the Congressional delegate to listen for him or herself.
Occupational Struggles of Autistics
To see the chain of events that led up to this video, please go to “OUR CASE TO OUR POLITICIANS” page: