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Asperger's on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates

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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 an
Paperback, 156 pages
Published May 28th 2010 by Future Horizons (first published 2010)
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I teach vocational skills to high school students on the spectrum and I bought this book to see if it would help me. It is well-written and concise. The author is herself on the spectrum.

Sadly, a very large percentage (well over 50%) of people diagnosed with Asperger's (which no longer exists as a diagnosis) or high functioning autism, no matter how intelligent, skilled, or even educated they are, are un- or significantly under-employed. Because people on the spectrum usually have significant di
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
As someone with high-functioning autism who is hoping to transition into the workplace soon, I was hoping for a book which would give me some practical advice about working, particularly how to handle the social side of things.

In all honesty, the only thing this book does well is point out every single possible issue you will encounter in the workplace and how likely it is you will fail at integrating. There are a lot of quotes from people on the spectrum who are in the workplace and - barring o
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While the overall tone is often negative, citing how someone on the spectrum may fail, it's important to note these difficulties and that they will at times be very difficult to overcome.

I turned to this book after being fired, not due to any technical failings, but due to other workers actively going out of their way to tell HR that they thought I seemed unpleasant in the hall and such. While that was out of my control, other factors had also been causing me stress, giving me migraines, and I d
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book has some useful tips, but it is very negative. Most of the asperger contributors had not had good work experiences. It would have been nice to have some positive outcomes instead of all negative outcomes. I was reading this book to help my son. I got very discouraged reading and had to quit. I am sure my son will have some tough times because of his asperger's but i hope is outcome will be better than the people in this book. ...more
Aspergers on the Job is a well structured easy going handbook that outlines typical employment issues for persons with Asperger's.

The chapters are very short and quick to read, and all consistently end in a 3-part recommendations section: 'What the employee can do', 'To employers and advocates', and 'Questions' (for reflection). Simone takes a well balanced, common sense approach (just like in 'Aspergirls'), where she encourages the players (employees, employers and other stake holders) to take
Trish Izzo
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, asd, 5-star
This is another great book by Rudy Simone which I would highly recommend to anyone with Asperger’s, as well as to those who are teaching, supporting, or supervising someone with AS. The book is laid out in a fashion similar to that of Aspergirls (which I loved!), with each chapter having a discussion of the topic followed by suggestions for the person with AS and for those around them. While disclosure of Asperger’s may be desired or necessary at times, Simone leaves that decision up to the read ...more
Julie Suzanne
I had to read parts of this for a research project on which I'm working, but I thought it was funny and incredibly interesting, so I read the whole thing. Simone provides tips and relevant information about employment both for people with Asperger's and also their current or potential employers and advocates, which makes this a worthwhile read for just about anyone. I think what initially attracted me to the book was the table of contents: I cracked up when I saw a chapter titled "Polyester Pris ...more
Yvonne Ferlita
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is awful. Doesn't give hope for success, and honestly, the ideas presented seemed unreasonable. There are far better books out there. Don't bother with this one. ...more
Laura Cushing
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I brought this home from the library hoping my husband would read it (he didn't!), but I read and enjoyed it. A lot of the workplace situations didn't apply to me as I work from home and can't hold a regular job, but it did go a long way toward explaining why I have never been able to be successfully employed in a traditional situation.

To someone with aspergers who is struggling with employment, or who is looking to make their workplace more aspie friendly - this would be a great place to start.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
While a little old and american-centric this book was a great resource. It goes through a lot of common struggles aspergers people can experience in the workforce, and not only gives constructive and useable courses of action for the employee, but also for an employer with an AS worker. Very useful to me personally in understanding all the contributing factors that make my condition as complex as it is.
Oct 24, 2019 marked it as gave-up-on
The book pretty much seems to go on about him being self employed and how awesome it is for Aspies to be self-employed. Um. Thanks?
Mar 17, 2022 rated it it was ok
Dated, better suited for an early job hunter who already has or suspects a diagnosis, an employer or manager trying to get a very baseline understanding of ASD, or to help brainstorm potential accommodations. Lots of "try to be more flexible" vs. "try to be understanding" and "this may be expensive but it's totally worth it." Simone does mention that people with ASD are typically underemployed or unemployed, but doesn't really spend much time acknowledging the natural lack of income that results ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asperger's On The Job is an easy-to-read handbook. It's mostly built on common sense, but draws from the experience of the 50 people interview for the book.

I thought that it offered helpful illustrations and recommendations to people on the Autism spectrum who are looking for work as well as recommendations for the employers and advocates who work with this population.

I will definitely be incorporating the job map at the end of the book into my work as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Steven Greenfield
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, as the title says. Written by someone with Asperger's/High Functioning Autism.

I wish I'd known earlier that I am an Aspie, and I wish I'd had this book before I started working. A lot of advice about what kinds of jobs to look for, how to interact with coworkers, etc. I think this should be required reading for anyone who is going to be a boss or manager.

Ever notice that books written by Aspies have very long, descriptive titles? Just sayin'...
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Practical, to the point, honest, well-balanced. I would have given it five stars but I wanted more, and the cover is pretty ridiculous :P But I think it'd be a good resource to have on the shelf. ...more
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Solid advice and explanations for both people on the autism spectrum and their prospective employers and coworkers about how to survive on the job.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A little simplistic, but it did give me some insight into what Asperger folks go through and think about working. I liked it.
Tanya Hakala
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting and useful both for an AS employee and their employer. Some good food for thought.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
wish this was a book for those folks who work with folks with aspergers, and not a book for those with it.
Heydi Smith
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
One thing I appreciated about this book were the quotes from people on the discussed subject. It made the book feel more relatable.

I like the cover!
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Easy to read. Well organised. Covered most (if not all) potential issues that might happen in the workplace. Wish there were more active strategies rather than reactive ones.
Devyn Duffy
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: autistic people, employers, and co-workers of autistic people
Recommended to Devyn by: Allegheny General Hospital Outpatient Department of Psychiatry
Asperger's on the Job is a short, effective catalog of issues that autistic workers may have at work, possible solutions, and ways in which employers can help. As the book notes, autistic people do not just have challenges, but also have abilities that can make them valuable employees. Yet the book is realistic in noting that autistic people may face substantial difficulty in obtaining and keeping employment, and that most of the adaptation will have to be made by the worker, rather than expecti ...more
May 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge help to me. As a person on the specturm it helped me be more open minded about how my employer may see things. It also has tips for key workers and employers to be more understanding for a person on the spectum. Without this book I fear I would already be unemployed yet again. I wish I had found this book years ago.
It is also a book I have shared with my autism key worker and job coach so they can even better help other clients (if thats even possible as they are amazing as
Philip J. Zamora
Jun 01, 2022 rated it it was ok
A soul-crushing and demoralizing book that brought back a lot of painful memories of my life pre-diagnosis. It's not lying to you about the harsh realities of the workplace, it's pretty spot on. Unfortunately, it doesn't share anything you can and should use to make things better for yourself. The suggestions are impractical and if you use some of them (e.g., asking for a separate office with a view to help ease your sensory difficulties), you're likely to make your situation at work even worse. ...more
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This book doesn't talk much about masking, which I would have been more interested in, it's more focused on blatant issues that could come up in the workplace for ASD individuals. I learned a few things but otherwise there was not much new here for me. It also suffers from some of the same issues of Simone's book Aspergirls, e.g. things like questionable diet suggestions for autism. ...more
Julia Stephenson
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, that is resourceful. It has tips, as well as clips of what other people with Asperger's syndrome experienced. It pointed out the flaws people on the spectrum experience, but debunks the negativity of these traits.
Sharon C. Robideaux
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I wish I had realized how much my environment affected me. I hope I would have asked for accommodations. It is too late for me now I am (prematurely) retired after never having lived up to my potential.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ru2019challenge
Solid advice, practical and easy to understand.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening to a non-AS parent! Well written and very helpful.
Carla Groom
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Useful, practical stuff.
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“Visual over-stimulation is a distraction from concentration and evokes the same sort of reactions as over-stimulation from noise. But the source might surprise you. Even fussy clothing moving around can be a visual distraction, or too many people in the room, or too many machines with moving parts. For those who work outside, a windy day is a triple-threat—with sound, sight, and touch all being affected. Cars moving, lights, signs, crowds, all this visual chaos can exhaust the AS person. Back in the office, too many computer screens, especially older ones with TV-style monitors, and sickly, flickering, unnatural fluorescent lighting were both high on the trigger list. The trouble with fluorescent light is threefold: Cool-white and energy-efficient fluorescent lights are the most commonly used in public buildings. They do not include the color blue, “the most important part for humans,” in their spectrum. In addition to not having the psychological benefits of daylight, they give off toxins and are linked to depression, depersonalization, aggression, vertigo, anxiety, stress, cancer, and many other forms of ill health. It’s true. There’s an EPA report to prove it (Edwards and Torcellini 2002). Flickering fluorescent lights, which can trigger epileptic seizures, cause strong reactions in AS individuals, including headaches, confusion, and an inability to concentrate. Even flickering that is not obvious to others can be perceived by some on the spectrum.” 3 likes
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