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You can do voluntary work at any age. You don't get paid for it but it can fill big gaps in your time. It also means your doing something positive. You have to be reliable; for example: getting to somewhere on time when you should do. You could volunteer at the local theatre either on or off stage or even get a job that doesn't pay you anything and just do it because you enjoy it. Only do this though if you have enough financial back up or the provider pays your expenses.
A daily work/school structure plan can help quite a bit with organising yourself, so that you don't confuse yourself if your not keeping to a routine it can confuse people on the spectrum. Here is are examples of Structure Plans you could keep to, adjusting it to your own personal routines.
Work Structure Example
8:00 - Get up, Get dressed, have a wash ,
9:30 - Arrive at work have a cup of tea.
9:45 - Start my work at computer.
10:00 - Go to clear post room.
10:05 - Get back to work on computer.
12:00 - Make a ten minute break.
12:10 - File mornings work in records.
13:00 - Have lunch down town.
14:30 - Arrive back at work.
14:35 - Start up any work on the computer.
15:30 - Have a break.
15: 55 - file afternoons work in records.
16:30 - work on the computer (check company email).
17:00 - Leave work and drive home.
School Structure Example
7:00 - Get up, Shower, Get dressed, have breakfast, catch a bus to school.
8:00 - Arrive at school gates.
8:30 - Go to registration.
8:45 - Go to assembly.
9:15 - Go to lesson 1 (Biology).
10:30 - Have a break.
11:00 Go to lesson 2 (English).
12:30 - Go to lesson 3 (German).
14:45 - Go to lesson 4 (History).
15:15 leave school, in time to catch the bus.
Some people on the spectrum has difficulty using the phone, they either get tongue-tied or even forget what they were ringing to say and can't speak. Here are a few tips when using the telephone at work.
-Who am I phoning?
Remember who you work for write their name down so you don't forget.
-How to introduce myself?
Most of the time it is best to introduce yourself as your name and position in your company and also why you are calling.
-What are the key things I need to say?
you need to think of what questions you need to ask and write them down on a piece of paper.
-What difficulties might you have about making a phone call?
Think of why you find making phone calls difficult. It could be not being able to speak or forgetting what your going to say ect.
-What information do you need to get from the other person?
you have to find out exactly what your being asked to get from the person you are phoning.
-If you need the person to repeat what he or she has said what will I say?
all you really have to say is could you repeat what you just said please.
-If it is an answer phone what message will you leave?
Remember when you leave messages on answer phones you need to leave a clear understandable message so that when its picked up the person can understand what you are wanting from them.
It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a disabled person either when they are recruiting for a job or when the person is employed.
Employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities. These are examples of what they can do for people with Aspergers Syndrome.
- Making adjustments to your work tasks relocating work (for example if you find using phones difficult, if colleges could make phone calls when necessary and you cold do some of their tasks in return).
-Provide more structured training.
-Making instructions and manuals more accessible ( this could be something as easy as making sure clear instructions are given for each part of a job, or written down if you find that easier).
-Being flexible about your hours of work- allowing you to have different working hours, allowing you to be away from work for assessment or treatment.
-Using a job coach, support worker or having mentors among your colleges.
-Allowing you to work in another place, for example an office which is close to your home if you find traveling difficult.