Life on the Autism spectrum

Vicky - Interview 38

Female
Age at interview: 37
Age at diagnosis: 33

Brief outline: Vicky was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 33. She lives independently and has a good social life and supportive family but has found it difficult to get employment.

Background: Vicky, currently unemployed, lives alone. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

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Vicky, aged 37, lives on her own and is unemployed. Four years ago she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome after her mother read a leaflet describing autistic spectrum disorders. Vicky leads an independent life and has an active social life with a group of people with Asperger syndrome and friends from the village where she grew up.

She finds some situations stressful and has found it difficult to find work; employers are generally inflexible and not prepared to understand her. She thinks that people with Asperger syndrome need support to find jobs that suit them. 
 
She is very punctual and worries if people meeting her are late. Though she doesn’t need one to one support, she would like people, and particularly employers, to be more supportive generally.
 
Vicky has mixed feelings about her diagnosis and found it hard to take in at first. She feels that having the diagnosis has helped her to get some support but she also thinks it has hindered her opportunities of getting a job. Vicky enjoys reading, playing and working on the computer and would like to work with disabled children. Her family is very supportive and she has learnt to cope with many different situations. 

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