Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life
If you're looking for a book filled with fluffy platitudes promising an easy path toward employment for people on the spectrum, this isn't the read for you. But if you're a hopeful realist who wants counsel on how to deal with the ups and downs of unemployment (yes there are ups, as Carley will point out); encouraging guidance on how to believe in and achieve your own highest potential; pragmatic direction for building a strong background and dossier; and loads of helpful ideas for finding your way through the maze of hoops between unemployed and employed; then you have found the very book you are looking for!
Temple Grandin, author of Developing Talents and The Autistic Brain
Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum presents a very fresh perspective on joblessness. Michael's message will help many people with ASD.
Andrew Solomon, PhD, Professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University and National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon
Michael John Carley's brave and witty Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum explains in simple language how people on the spectrum can negotiate some of the trickiest aspects of a neurotypical world. Carley provides cogent advice on how to do and be what is needed in professional contexts without burying your true self and identity, and he does so with immense charm and hard-won wisdom.
Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of Uniquely Human
Michael John Carley has long been a champion and respected leader in addressing quality of life and mental health needs of persons on the autism spectrum. In this book, he goes at one of the most challenging issues that is sadly all too common for spectrumites, but does so with practical advice from his first hand experiences as an unemployed autistic person, and as a support for so many others. In a highly respectful, personal and intimate manner, Michael wisely addresses the absolute priorities of emotional well-being and living a healthy lifestyle as inseparable from seeking employment. Infused with poignant quotes and anecdotes from many autistic people, this book is a call to action, and provides specific guidelines to motivate readers to take control and make positive changes in their lives. Thanks to Michael's deep wisdom and generosity, this book will help countless individuals transform their lives for the better.
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D, President, Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC
If you are on the autism spectrum, or care about someone who is, then you really should read this book. However, if you are among those of us diagnosed as "typical," then you NEED to read this book. Why? Because in Michael Carley will introduce you to a vast, untapped workforce of people who just may be your next essential employee and who, simply by you taking that first step toward understanding neurodiversity, may well change both your lives for the better.
Linda J. Walder, Founder and Executive Director, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Adult Autism
Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum should be required reading for every person as they enter their adult lives, not just individuals diagnosed with autism. It is like having an older, worldly brother provide guidance, support and encouraging ideas as one journeys on the obstacle course to employment. Filled with facts, personal anecdotes and a unique perspective on the challenges faced by individuals on the spectrum, Michael John Carley has written a highly readable resource not only for those on the autism spectrum, but for all who seek to better understand and employ them.
O. Robin Sweet, Executive Director & CEO, Gateway Academy
As the Executive Director & CEO of both Gateway Academy/Spectrum College Transition Program and a mother of a 23 year old Aspie, I found Michael's perspective and insight more than enlightening. It was encouraging and informative! In my experience, the most difficult time for Aspie's is after they have completed their post-secondary education, and the thought of securing a job disables them. As someone who "walks in their shoes", Michael offers a unique perspective and understanding. We will be making this book mandatory in our post-secondary program. Thank you, Michael!
Fred R Volkmar, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
A tremendously valuable resource, this volume addresses an important and rarely discussed issue. As with all of us individuals on the autism spectrum often face issues of employment and best approaches to finding new jobs. This volume brings considerable insight into the issue of employment for persons with Asperger's and higher functioning autism. Full of practical and useful advice, it will be an immense help to those seeking to enter the work force.