Who can help me find a job?
How can I learn to communicate what I need, how to ask for help
Write for yourself: “What I need is….”. That helps to turn negative labeling into positive. Consider, for example:
- A quiet, fixed workplace (e.g. tidy, less light and noise, closed door, less bothered by colleagues passing by).
- Demarcated work, clear job description and structure or focus on limited tasks that are varied, a clear package of tasks.
- Clear view of the workload.
- Possibly a slower work rate than other employees; fewer (complex) tasks and fewer ad hoc jobs. Respect my pace: sometimes I work a little slower but always correct.
- A fixed office hour for asking questions, then it is clear when we can ask questions.
- Clear instructions, preferably in writing.
- Check if I have understood the instruction correctly.
- Being invited to social activities at work (but not making them mandatory).
- Clear compliments (not only are you doing a good job, but clearly state which task or behavior is being assessed).
How do I tell an employer about my autism?
- Think about whether you will tell the employer that you have ASD. Check out its advantages and disadvantages in this brochure: Disclosure: do I tell my employer that I have autism?
- Read the advantages and disadvantages on this website.
- Or listen to this person with ASS about the advantages when you tell the company that you have autism.