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Johnathon Interview: Challenges

This is a video interview with Johnathon, discussing his challenges in the workplace and the hiring process. Below the video is a transcript for those who would prefer just to read the interview.



Video Transcript: Edited for clarity. Tiffany:

Okay. Thank you. So my next question is so when you're talking about employment, what are some of the challenges you find for yourself when it comes to getting and sustaining employment?


Jonathan:

There are a couple of interesting challenges. First off, there is always the question of, I have to make this judgment of can this, of how will somebody respond if I say that I am autistic. For a lot of people when somebody mentions autism, the first thing that they think of is the person who is stuck at home, not necessarily doing too much or having communication difficulties. And there is, there's also a list of stereotypes, of things that are traditional problems that are not actually issues for me, for example, with noise sensitivities and light sensitivities, but there are all split. There is a much more, more practical issue. In my case, the way I describe my autism is it causes me to occasionally think on a different axis. That means that we are. The phrases that go into what makes something interpreted, can be entirely different. We can be saying the same words and mean two entirely different things. And sometimes people are just not willing to take the moment and stop and make sure everybody's on the same page.


Tiffany:

So has that really impacted your employment experiences?


Jonathan:

It has impacted a lot of my employment experiences often in unintentional ways.


Tiffany:

Can you give me an example?


Jonathan:

Well, for example, there's a lot of, a lot of people who just kind of expect something to be done, and sometimes somebody can see another way to do things. And usually the question and you, and, and add a lot, that has often prevented me from bringing up a solution, because somebody's just going to know what the first thing they interpreted themselves as me saying, as opposed to letting us talk out and get the, get the, and get the better idea. There's also because I have the alternate, because I think on the different axis, I sometimes try to think of the idea so that we can all figure out and process through options. But there is a parable about passing the monkey that is often used where people basically say, you want, you need to have the solution to your own problem. And sometimes in my case, that's not realistic because I want, because that, because I understand that the problem that I'm seeing has to be interfaced with somebody to make it more practical for various….


Tiffany:

I right. See, you're not getting the dialogue. You need to kind of work through questions and comments. Instead, people are just jumping in one way or another,


Jonathan:

The other major problem in my case is that I don't really have much control over my eye contact and body language, which can make it seem like I'm not paying attention.


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