How Nick McAllister found his words after a tough time looking for employment as an autistic writer

How Nick McAllister found his words after a tough time looking for employment as an autistic writer

Nick McAllister (centre) with colleagues Andrew O’Connor and Rebecca Trigger. (ABC News: Julian Robins) For 10 years, I was unemployed because I was autistic. Every time I was forced to tick the ‘I have a disability’ box, it made me feel insignificant as a human being. It became the focal point of who I was — and I knew when I would get that automated rejection email telling me I didn’t get the job, it was because of my condition. There are both misconceptions and fears about employing a disabled person, but also ignorance and prejudice. After my autism diagnosis I successfully applied for the state disability support pension. I believed I was totally and utterly unemployable and was scared I would be condemned to being completely reliant on government payments. I never for one second thought my disability would hurt my chances of finding employment. For people with autism like Nick, applying for a job can be a cause of great stress.(ABC News: Hugh Sando) But I never disclosed it out of fear of rejection and being stereotyped as incapable, unambitious and unreliable. After I moved to Western Australia from Brisbane I started to blog about my new […]

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