WHAT I NEEDED at my last job was not that complicated:
- Some person(s) to help me in certain challenging social situations
- Everyone else to not get in the way of the person(s) helping me, even when they didn’t understand what was going on.
THAT WAS ALL!
- The person(s) who really should have been helping me usually refused or didn’t take me seriously.
- The person(s) who were helping me the most were criticized by others, often by the ones who were refusing to help me or BY EACH OTHER.
- An autistic person probably has ZERO chance in successfully navigating the previous two points. I’m not certain how any does.
END OF STORY.
Except, I’m feeling wonderful generally, creating things for others, as long as I don’t have to be around them much. Maybe I’ve actually done better with friends and jobs than many would. I don’t know, but it’s perhaps not been worth the effort. My wife does excel at providing for basic and practical needs, and I’ve worked long enough to not feel like I’m worthless. (And, I’m making a lot of new things.)
Many people let me down, as far as I’m concerned. They tried too hard to be “the one” to help me, but the ones who actually did were not always the ones who thought they did.
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