Autistic people want to work as caregivers, but the system makes it difficult for them to stay in their jobs. This is a loss for the clients, who lose an autistic mentor, and for the autistic support worker, who can be both traumatized and unemployed.
The world made me feel like an autistic failure for so long, but all it took was some kindness and understanding for me to realize that I am quite extraordinary.
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The Autistic unemployment rate is higher than the unemployment rate for all disabled Americans in general, and higher than the unemployment rate for non-Autistic Americans with developmental disabilities.
My job title is Personal Assistant, which I like. I think direct support work should be viewed as assisting a disabled person who is your boss, not taking care of someone passive.