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Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Stories and Strategies 1st Edition
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After retiring at 63 years of age from a career as an Electronic Engineer I did some research on my lifelong weaknesses. I discovered I had a Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) and ran across this book. Having NLD meant that although I was very good at challenging and creative tasks I couldn't easily do things that most people take for granted like folding paper. As one person quoted in the book says, "I am generally quicker than others catching up with all sorts of knowledge and skills that require analytical understanding but I need much more time to get used to different telephones or copiers and to know where to find what."
I wish I had access to this kind of book when I was working. I read it eagerly from cover to cover.
The book, written by someone with NLD, covers the gamut and includes descriptions of what AS and NLD is, biographies of actual people with NLD and AS including what jobs worked for them at what didn't, and information for the AS/NLD person on how to plan a career, how to look for a job and how to function on the job.
Included are lists of resources including organizations and websites.
The book would also be useful for employers who could benefit from the strengths of AS/NLD people and would be willing to accommodate for their small weaknesses. As stated in the book: "Projects that allow the employee to use his/her creativity and problem-solving skills are best. Employers should value the individual's laser-like concentration ability and understand and respect these employees' work style."
I subscribed to the YahooGroup called NLD-in-Common (see page 310). When I was accepted as a member I posted my customary hello. The first person to respond was Yvona. As time went on, I realized she always accepted new members. She was so giving of herself, telling of her personal job miseries. It was obvious to me that she was a talented writer. When I found she was writing this book, I could hardly wait for it to arrive.
The book tells so much. Finally, I am beginning to "get it." Those with various aspects of learning disabilities are described so vividly that we NT's can begin to get a grip on what makes some people "different," not retarded or lazy or unloving. Ambition, intelligence, honesty, tenacity--those words are more apt.
My little friend? She's employed, doing it her way. I'm hanging in there with her.
Still, it is a pretty good exposition of the subject matter involved, especially given the fact that it was published in 2004. More has come to light since then about the particular challenges facing those of us who bear these particular diagnoses, but clearly much more remains to be discovered. As it is, I am sure that Ms. Fast's arrangement and exposition of those discoveries will result in a much-improved second edition.
Sadly (for me), that next edition will arrive a bit late. However, I have a son who has similar difficulties with social interaction. As helpful as this book has been to me, I trust that its update will prove even more helpful to him and others of his generation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent resource for people with NLD who are trying to figure out what to do for a living. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Flom
Very helpful. This book finally made it clear that knowing what you don't want to do (and what you are not good at) is frequently one of the best ways to find a job that is a good... Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Prager
We are finding the book most helpful.It is the first source that not only helps us affirm our own experience but also offers help in managing these conditions. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Ruth O.
I have read many books on Asperger Syndrome due to the fact that so many in my family have AS. Now, that my 26 yr old son is struggling so significantly with NLD (despite his... Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Billlauriew
I'm 49 years old and never heard of NLD until my son (now 15) was identified with it 8 years ago. Through his journey I realized that I also have NLD. Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by es8561
As a mother looking for information on transitioning into adulthood, I found this book to be a wonderful resource. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Aspie Mom