Unemployment can be an isolating experience. In this much-needed book, Michael John Carley reassures readers who are unemployed and have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that they are not alone.
Offering guidance on how you can cope with unemployment in a constructive and emotionally healthy manner, Michael John Carley writes with a crucial understanding of the isolation and negative emotions that unemployment can bring about if you have ASD. He explains why so many people find themselves out of work and how it's often not their fault. Providing guidance on how to maintain your confidence and motivation, this book offers advice on how you can pursue other opportunities, such as part-time work or volunteering. The book also features advice on how to manage your finances during periods of unemployment.
Michael John Carley is the Founder and former Executive Director of GRASP, the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum. As the Executive Director of ASTEP, he spoke at conferences focusing on Human Resources, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, and he conducted numerous training events and webinars for individual Fortune 1000 companies. He lives with his wife and two sons in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he now works as a School Consultant.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, Ed.D. Two Notes on This Book. Introduction. 1. Are You Unemployed? It's Not Just You. 2. Psychological and Emotional Factors of Being Unemployed. 3. Forgiveness. 4. Looking for Work: All You Can Do is Your Best. 5. Take Care of Your Head: Beating the Psychological and Emotional Factors of Being Unemployed. 6. Some minimum wage in the meantime?. 7. The Opportunities. 8. Momentum. Appendix: Survey Participant Data.