Being on the autistic spectrum, I knew full well my limitations. For many years I had struggled to find a permanent job, a problem all too common for autistics like myself. In fact, according to an article by MoneyWatch, a whopping 85% of college graduates affected by autism are unemployed! (1)Many people who knew me well thought that it would already be good if I found a part-time job, though I had wanted to work full-time. Some people thought I would also never be able to drive myself places, and achieve many of the goals that I wanted to accomplish.
However, that all changed when I met my mentor Jill* and a couple years later, my then-manager Elizabeth.*
When I first met Jill, I really didn’t think anything would change in my life, but, at the same time, I unconsciously hoped that life would get better for me. I was…
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