Letters: Autism and unemployment
As the parent of a young man withAsperger’s syndrome, the statistics on post-secondary employment for autistic students are not surprising.
My son has a genius IQ and recently earned his bachelor’s degree. He has submitted hundreds of resumes but can’t land a menial job. Perhaps he is not assertive enough in an interview or has difficulty with eye contact, but this doesn’t reflect his ability to troubleshoot a computer or his social networking skills.
Until employers look beyond the initial awkwardness of these young people, there is little hope of integrating them into society and little chance that they will have the income and self-confidence necessary to stand on their own.
A cure for the common opinion
Get thought-provoking perspectives with our weekly newsletter.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.