Asperger Syndrome Job Success Secrets

By Dan Coulter So, what do you do? It’s one of the first questions one adult asks another when they meet. What do you do for a living? What’s your job? If you’re an adult with Asperger Syndrome, you may not be able to give the answer you want. While people with Asperger Syndrome can be very knowledgeable and highly skilled, steady employment is often a challenge. I learned a lot about this over the last nine months as my wife and I produced a DVD about finding and keeping a job when you have Asperger Syndrome. As part of our research, we interviewed six people with Asperger Syndrome who have good jobs, and also talked with their bosses, coworkers and job coaches. What are their secrets to

An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis and Reality

By Dan Coulter Wow. The reaction I received to my article announcing that I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome was gratifying. I was struck by the difference between the many, many positive responses I got to this article, and the skepticism that I heard from a work colleague when my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997. Then, Asperger Syndrome was a diagnosis that few had heard of. After describing my son’s behaviors, including his social awkwardness, my colleague asked, "But isn’t that just normal boy stuff?" It’s hard to explain that normal boy awkwardness multiplied by five is no longer normal. Twelve years later, the response to my own diagnosis has been overwhelmingly

I Am Asperger Syndrome

​​ by Dan Coulter Will you think of me differently after you read the next sentence? I have Asperger Syndrome. While I just got the diagnosis, this means I’ve had the condition all my life. It’s not a huge surprise. My son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1997 and my wife, Julie, and I have often spoken about my having “Asperger-like” behaviors. In 2003, I left a long corporate career to work with Julie in a family business making videos about Asperger Syndrome and autism. At Julie’s urging, I finally went through an evaluation process and recently received the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. For me, it’s a positive step. It helps me understand tendencies that have been a mystery my

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