Happy New Year!

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Greetings, and a very happy new year to all my followers, tweeters and fellow blogs in the world and on the world wide web. It’s 2018, it only felt like 2008 a minute ago. Where’s half my life gone. Anyway, some good news to come from 2018. First, and this is official. I have been invited to appear on a radio show in Atlanta, USA. I don’t have a date when the broadcast will go out. But rest assured, you will be the first too know about it. Second, I will also be attending a number of talks across the country in the coming year. This will include the Action for Asperger’s AGM due to take place in the new future. Welcome to 2018 everyone, and have a happy and fantastic New Year.   Do not hesitate to contact me, click here to arrange a meeting, send me an email at Author@StuartParish.com or Follow me below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Stuart Parish Writer, author and Workplace Aspie Veteran.  

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Employable..Me

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I don’t know if any of you have been watching the series ‘Employable Me’ on BBC Two. I’d been watching some of the episodes on Iplayer whenever I can, because of my work schedules. The program itself follows people with disabilities and learning difficulties who are trying to get into the world of work across the UK. They are offered help by employers, counsellors and even their own families. But the one thing that got my attention overall was the two individuals on the show with ASD. The first was 26-year-old Alan, who has high functioning Autism, the second was 46-year-old Erica, with Asperger’s Syndrome. Alan was the one who had me going, he went for a work placement at the energy company E-on.   During his placement there, Alan demonstrated every single skill an Aspie processes, the ability to spot patterns and to be precise and acute, to a high point that would match anyone else. So, the company gave him a exercise, where he was too gather data on customer energy use and then report it to his higher management in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. The program showed him do this exceptional well, and even though…

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Action for Aspergers Week

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Six weeks ago, I sat down in front of my TV as did many others; to watch series two of the BBC drama, The A Word. The series as many of you may have seen, began with Autistic Joe sitting on the roof of his local school in a world of his own. Now after six episodes and many twists and turns. The most surprising revelation is the attitude of the parents. In the first series Joe’s mother Alison was the one with the troubles and worries. Now in series two, the father Paul is the one who is suffering, as he’s been forced to omit certain truths about how he feels about Joe’s autism.   Being on the spectrum myself, I can relate to this. As my parents went through a similar stage when I was at that age. This is a process most psychologists would call ‘the denial’ process. In most cases, this can happen on at least two occasions. In some incidences maybe more. In my case, my parents went through it when I was about five years old in Reception and lower school years. When a friendly teacher within the school suggested that I may be…

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Open letter to Employers & Business Owners

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First of all; I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all my readers, followers and fans. I start this week’s blog by asking this question. Are you a business owner, do you employ anyone to work for you? Are any of those employees on the Autism Spectrum? If so, are you finding it hard to understand or realise their true talents or there different ways or working. Well, you may be able to find some answers to these questions in a new scheme, which I will be rolling out from the 1st January 2018. As people know, Autism is covered in many ways.   But one section that it never gets covered a lot in, is in the workplace. And more importantly, how employers can offer support and help to their employees who are on the Autism Spectrum. My scheme is this; as of January 2018, if you are an employer or company owner; you will be able to send me an e-mail, messages on Facebook, Twitter, etc; and you can get free advice on how to best help and support someone in your workplace who is on the Autism Spectrum.   Do not hesitate to contact…

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