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Finding Employment: Books, Books and More Books

This guest post is by Barbara, an adult with aspergers from New Jersey who discusses her experiences finding her first successful job. 

I am an Aspie girl – a girl with Asperger Syndrome. This diagnosis came late in my life, since no tests were available in my childhood.

A major problem in my life was keeping a job. I had no idea what “political correctness” was, added to difficulty telling apart the various vocal emotional tones and not being able to read body language.

I had not given up all hope of getting and keeping a job when [words] Bookstore entered my life – my dream come true. I was a library volunteer for over 20 years, and I love people – especially kids – and, naturally, books. I’m constantly learning about books, categories, shelving, processing and organizing the books by author, subject, etc. It’s just like being in the library.

Best of all are the people I work with – the kindest, most patient and most concerned about me. When I get overwhelmed and can’t come in for, sometimes, weeks at a time, instead of being fired, I’m welcomed back with open arms and asked if they can help. I apologize – “Don’t worry about it,” is their reply.

When my boss asked me to write about [words] Bookstore, I was honored. To sum up my feelings, [words] is like a second home – I feel secure and grateful knowing that no matter what happens, there will always be support and no harsh criticism. I can ask questions, not be foolish, and be guided with gentleness and understanding.

I will always be thankful and grateful [words] has come into my life.

[words] Bookstore has been a part of three of our small business town halls this year that looks to help hire individuals with autism in fulfilling employment. You can learn more about the store here. To learn more about our small business town hall initative you can find it here.

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