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Vincent Cantin05:09:55

@jgh Asperger is not a disability.


Rightly or wrongly there is also an association with high intelligence and an implication of attention to detail. Add to that the unusualness of this on a cv likely causing the potential employer to look twice. Depending on the job, this could be quite a shrewd move.


@vincent.cantin Depends on where you live. In the US, people with Asperger's syndrome can apply for disability benefits (depending on a number of factors).

Vincent Cantin05:09:38

Then the disabilities are better described by those factors alone, not by the cluster named “Asperger”.

Vincent Cantin05:09:52

For example, sucking at following meaningless social codes is not considered a disability in many places in the world.


A friend's son has AS and he's very grateful for the assistance he gets through disability allowances and services. He's a marine biologist but has struggled all his life with school and jobs. America has a very broad view of what a "disability" is, fortunately.


now, that's a plot twist. being european I wouldnt've expected to hear such story


It might not qualify as a disability in many places, but I wonder if that is a plus or a minus. I mean, not picking up on 'meaningless social cues' or being able to answer a lot of common interview questions that a person with Aspergers would find harder than most would quite probably make it harder for them to get a job. It probably varies from person to person whether they'd prefer to avoid the stigma of their condition being classified as a disability (and the people who wouldn't even consider them as a result) or whether they'd like to take advantage of the help that it being classified such would offer.


It really depends on where you live and what laws apply. In the US, people with disabilities are protected from discrimination under the law so having your AS considered a disability can help -- and my experience of living in the US (for 20 years) vs living in the UK (for 35+) is that Americans have a lot less stigma around disability, and will talk more openly about it, because it is protected under law. If you apply for a job and state a disability up front, a company is "on notice" about discrimination (which I guess can be both a plus and a minus).


Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Over here (UK), people might get turned down at interview stage, regardless of how technically proficient they were, because they didn't seem like they were a good 'team fit', but if it was known they had Aspergers then certain allowances [co|sh]ould be made)


Reading I think it's all good advice in general.