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Letters: Autism and unemployment

May 17, 2012

Re "Setbacks seen for autistic young adults," May 14

As the parent of a young man withAsperger's syndrome, the statistics on post-secondary employment for autistic students are not surprising.

My son has a genius IQ and recently earned his bachelor's degree. He has submitted hundreds of resumes but can't land a menial job. Perhaps he is not assertive enough in an interview or has difficulty with eye contact, but this doesn't reflect his ability to troubleshoot a computer or his social networking skills.

Until employers look beyond the initial awkwardness of these young people, there is little hope of integrating them into society and little chance that they will have the income and self-confidence necessary to stand on their own.

Barbara Greene

Westlake Village

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