Sarah Hendrikx presents the results of interviews about jobs with people who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Although it contains general information about AS and advice for AS job-seekers, the book's primary purpose is to present the words and experiences of AS workers.
The first chapter reviews how AS impacts work "and everything." It outlines AS differences in social interaction, communication, flexibility, environmental sensitivity, and anxiety. Chapter two discusses aspects of work challenging to AS employees. Structuring the work environment in certain ways may ease stress for those with AS. One example of an unsuccessful employment experience is examined in depth from the perspectives of the employer, the employee, and the employee's mentor.
Chapter three recommends strategies for success. Many AS employees enjoy jobs that allow working alone, grant autonomy, have clearly-defined roles and responsibilities, pose intellectual challenges, and appeal to their personal interests in an important topic. The last four chapters build on this foundation by discussing early developmental experiences that shape work expectations, how to search for a job, and how to find and use good support services. Chapter seven summarizes the book's suggestions for AS employees and their employers.
The real strengths of the book are each chapter's brief narratives from AS workers. It is instructive to hear their views in their own language. Many AS readers will find parallels to their own experiences. Extended case studies describe two unique organizations. Aspire is a non-profit that connects AS individuals with volunteer mentors who help with work and life skills. Specialisterne is a Copenhagen-based company that employs primarily AS individuals. They provide contract IT services to their clients and maintain an AS-friendly workplace for their employees.
The book is highly recommended for readers who want to understand the challenges and opportunities for AS individuals on the job. Those looking for a more in-depth treatment of AS itself should read Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome.