Supported Employment

I did not get the job in the call center. I forgot to bring my curriculum and the papers they had asked me to bring for the interview, and I was interviewed alongside two other applicants who were both younger and more experienced than myself. I felt slightly uncomfortable during the interview as a result. The next morning I received an email in which the company notified me that they had decided not to keep me in the selection process.

As for the exam I had, I passed it with a nine out of ten! I have become a nerd in this new course of studies, because I’m very interested in it. My therapist says she can see how happy and enthusiastic I am about it, specially compared to my disinterest for my previous course of studies: translation.

On other news, I’m still volunteering at Brincar, an autism NGO, and I was asked to go to the presentation of a program for supported employment in representation of this NGO. It was a very interesting experience. As soon as I arrived at the place of the event I was approached by a woman whose son goes to the activities of my NGO, and we talked for a while. She knew I was a volunteer because I was wearing the NGO T-shirt, but she didn’t know I was autistic until I said so. She seemed surprised when she found out, and she congratulated me on my accademic achievements.

In the end, when the presentation was over, the organizers asked the crowd (which consisted only of three rows of people who had been invited) to introduce ourselves. Most of them were parents of autistic young adults. I wasn’t going to talk, but the woman next to me encouraged me to tell my story, and I thought, why not? So I confessed to the crowd that I was not only a volunteer worker at Brincar and a student of school psychology. I was also an autistic young adult who has a college degree and has worked in the U.S., but somehow can’t seem to get a job in my own country. The organizers reacted to this revelation in a very empathetic way: they believed me, understood my struggles and even invited me to participate in their program.

I sent them an email with my curriculum the next day, and they replied that they will be calling me to schedule an interview. But they haven’t said when they will be calling, which is frustrating. I have been waiting for their call ever since. I hope they can find me a job: my support needs are, in my opinion, quite low, and a specialized program of supportive employment for people with ASD should have no problems placing me.

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