Thinking it over (My first Liberty X reference!)

Let’s think out of the box. Let’s do something adventurous with this blog piece. A Q&A with yourself perhaps?

How can you make a good first impression when you meet somebody?
Pick up on something they say or something they’d like to do while they’re with you. Become fixated on it. Think of you and your new friend as the Two Musketeers. Start planning. Get Google Maps up on your phone. Go on a quest you feel will help them!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a journalist. I want to study. I want to help others. I want to be a public speaker. I want to be a mentor to young jobseekers. I want to be a bookkeeper. I want to retrain. I want to fly a rocket into space.

When have you received good customer service and why was it helpful?
Finding a size 12 pair of trainers isn’t easy. A customer care team on Twitter helped me to track some down. My response to an employee called Mel B: “Thanks Mel :), taking time out from the recording studio to DM is very kind of you. Keeping some stock under the counter is even kinder”.

Think this introduction is spontaneous? If you mean spontaneous to you with a lot of planning from me, it was. I overanalyse until my brain hurts. I’m overanalysing about writing this right now! Forget anything you’ve heard about people with autism not showing empathy or feelings. They can do and it can be the hardest thing for a person with autism (me) to understand! Continue reading

ASD: (Adult) Autism Support (Service) Dilemma

  • Adult support services need give and take. Wanting help is understandable but raising a voice is necessary.
  • Is it easier to let somebody tell you what they would like at their own leisure? Rather than try to bring a group of people together?
  • Should concentrating on yourself be more important? Focusing on work that pays money and gives opportunities?

This blog piece is an update and a rethink. Having shared an introduction to Awetistic as an approach that could hopefully provide a way of helping jobseekers with autism in South Staffordshire to find work, while showing employers how the Rain Man effect shouldn’t reflect every jobseeker with autism they meet, I’m wondering if it’s worthwhile. Wondering if there’s a reason adult support services for people with autism are apparently hard to find.

“We need to do more!” “A lack of support when they need it most.” “Why isn’t there anything like this already?” Tweets relating to adult autism support and thoughts heard while marketing a focus group for jobseekers to launch Awetistic that took place on Monday 1st June 2015 make me think change should come. The result I’ve found, however, may confirm why it’s so hard to find. Continue reading

Why are we riled over Rifkind and scorned over Straw?

Self-employment presents an opportunity to showcase a skill or actively raise awareness of a personal passionate subject. It is a chance to try and make a difference for yourself and others on your own terms.

Self-employment is also a way to earn a living. For those who haven’t been given a chance by an employer to build a career or find steady work, it is an opportunity to do something that brings joy. It is a way to escape the dole queue. It is an alternative to zero-hour contracts. It may be a reason unemployment figures in Great Britain have dropped from 2.68 million in October 2011 to 1.86 million in December 2014.

As Channel 4’s Dispatches revealed on Monday 23rd February 2015, Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP and Jack Straw MP are making a financial gain by being self-employed as public speakers. Using secret cameras to capture conversations, investigative journalists posed as representatives of a PMR, a fake Hong Kong-based business, in seeking to find out if Sir Malcolm and Jack would work for them on a consultancy basis. If this opportunity had been genuine, they may have both made a profit but they would have benefited PMR in sharing experiences and contacts.

Sir Malcolm and Jack could have helped out. They have, however, been lauded for their actions. Sir Malcolm has announced he will resign as a Member of Parliament (MP) at the British general election in May 2015. I feel for them both and want to find the reason for negativity. Should an MP only work for their constituents? Is it greed? Continue reading