As a Job Developer, I work with people who have criminal convictions and help them find employment. I absolutely love what I do. Any job that I can look at as a puzzle is intriguing to me, as I have to take in my client’s situation holistically, and try to find them the perfect job for their situation. Previously, I worked as a recruiter in staffing, and that worked very well because it also felt like a puzzle.
Most people would be surprised to know I am autistic and have multiple physical disabilities, as all of my conditions fall under the same invisible category. My whole life has been a series of obstacles, but I am still here due to my perseverance and grit.
I didn’t realize I was on the spectrum until after my children were diagnosed. But looking back, the signs from my childhood were so clear. I would never have been diagnosed as a child because I was born in 1980, when ASD was not really talked about, and because I am female, and I’m good at masking. I am not formally diagnosed due to time and financial constraints, though I am determined to get an official diagnosis as soon as I am able.