Sometimes ignorance is tragedy — Dear Walden

Since becoming aware of my autism, I was finally able to piece the bits and pieces of my life and explained my struggles. Armed with that knowledge, I was confident that things will improve and I would be more productive because I am now aware of my strengths and limitations to avoid repeating the same […]

via Sometimes ignorance is tragedy — Dear Walden

This is an darkly honest and  heart written post by Lin, and is a remarkably good read. I can relate to so much of what she is referring to here, and understanding the struggles connected with the hidden autism/Asperger’s that many people refuse to take into consideration and especially and more so employers.

I have been victimised by employers and even recruiters – when asked if l should display l have Asperger’s on my Cv or during the interview process they have said no, but to not NOT tell the employer but only in so far if offered the job. By which time my natural moral code steps in and asks, ‘Is this therefore not a falsehood?’ They answer no. When l ask of them if they are on the spectrum to their knowledge and they look at me and say NO, what difference does that make? I answer it makes for a big difference because how the fuck would you know how l feel about not being honest with an employer and how much it fucks up my moral sense of right and wrong to blatantly lie in an interview and CV to only then IF offered the job to say ‘Oh by the way, is this important??’

It’s a pity that Lin has comments turned off on her blog, because this is a powerful post that could and would warrant comment and interaction.

Pop along, read and opinionise yourself – but in my eyes, this is an excellent article.

2 thoughts on “Sometimes ignorance is tragedy — Dear Walden

  1. Thanks Rory, for the reblog. It’s hard to imagine that even someone as capable and talented as you encounter employment difficulties, but sadly that seems to be the case of many on the spectrum. Thanks for speaking out.
    I’m sorry I turned off comments, it’s hard to gather my thoughts sometimes and I have limited brain power to reply, yet I hate to see a comment left ignored. I’m still undecided.

    1. As l have said to before Lin, your blog, your space, your time and therefore your decision, l will always respect that – in this case, this article was profound and provocative and warranted the share.

      Ironically, before my DX l was always struggling in interviews, l was either too much of this or too keen, or too passionate, or too fidgetty and the list went on. I still got jobs and then had to work my absolute ass off to prove l was as good as everyone else, l just didn’t know what the obstacle was, however when l was 44 and got my DX, like you have written, you suddenly find yourself in this limbo of ‘Oooooh that’s what it is, and it makes your life easier to understand your limits and boundaries as well as your life, but just because you understand, society does not. They don’t get it, because they haven’t had to struggle like you have.

      Mostly l have run my own businesses since my mid 30’s, but a couple of years ago l applied for a job and had Asperger’s on my Cv and the employers said they couldn’t accomadate people like me and l blew!!!

      What do you mean, people like you fuckwits? Was my thought process. They made a snap judgement on my spectrum presence. i have seen that job advertised frequently in the last 18 months or so, l can do it standing on my head because it data processing that requires original thought, it’s a job with my name on, they are obviously having trouble filling it. But l couldn’t work for them because of their aptitude towards autism – so fuck em!

      I am unemployed now, my work coach tells me to NOT include my Asperger’s and that rankles me, although currently l am signed off with my shoulder so l am spared even more humilations by so called non judgemental society – which we both know is bollocks!

      Later this year, once the inheritance comes through l will simply start another solo business enterprise and not have to worry about employer interactions, but sadly not everyone can do that.

      So your post struck a very deep chord of resonation with me 🙂

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