80% of grown-ups with Aspergers do not have full-time jobs.
This alarming statistic comes from the webpage, “My Asperger’s Child”. In a recent article, the authors maintain the reason behind this statistic is not the lack of education or intelligence, but the lack of social skills which would allow employees with Asperger’s to perform their tasks in a “socially acceptable” manner.
“Countless studies show individuals would rather have pleasant and personable co-workers than a co-worker who is always right,” the authors point out.
They conclude that people with Aspergers must compensate for their lack of social competence by “making themselves so good in a specialized field that individuals will be willing to “buy” their skill even though social skills are poor”.
They go on to state that Aspies “need to learn a few social survival skills,” but situating themselves in work groups that are highly specialized is what these authors see as the real solution. In their minds, Aspies would have more access to social relationships involving work colleagues because of very specific work-related interests.
While I do consider this good advice, I also maintain that working hard at learning social skills is equally important. There are so many books, videos and online lectures on the subject…Let us do our best in both arenas.
Read more at: http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2010/10/best-and-worst-jobs-for-aspergers.html