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Aspergers on the Job: a Book Review

Asperger's on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and AdvocatesAsperger’s on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates by Rudy Simone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ★★★

Aspergers on the Job is a well structured easy going handbook that outlines typical employment issues for persons with Asperger’s.

The chapters are short and quick to read. Each ends 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 her prior book’Aspergirls‘, where she encourages all parties to take each others’ views with illustrative examples and recommendations.

The set-up of the book project is a good idea too (a bit like Aspergirls too) – 50 adults with Asperger’s were interviewed for the book, and are quoted in all the chapters to exemplify the issues raised. The foreword by Temple Grandin is also excellent.

The book’s strength is IMO that it is such a handy, well structured overview and quick read with very accessible insights.

Its main weakness is the recommendations. I was hoping to find actionable solutions I hadn’t thought of myself, and while some of the recommendations were useful (e.g. the anti-bullying/anti-gossip strategies), most were either obvious common sense-like, or too naive for real workplaces.

Another weakness is the annoyingly non-scientific personal beliefs promoted here and there – such as the ‘leaky gut syndrome’, and the crusade against ‘chemicals’. Which I suppose refers to all human-created harmful toxics in the environment, none of which have any proven causative link with autism or direct relevance for employment, so I think such crusading is misplaced in a practical handbook.

Another downside is the ridiculous superman cover 🙂 but that is not important.

To sum up, I think the book is a great ‘executive summary’ type handbook. Perhaps best for employers as a quick, easy accessible introduction to the issues faced by & with Aspie employees, but less for employees and job seekers looking for practical solutions, and those already familiar with the issues raised in the book.

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