I thought I'd start here as a way of introducing myself. I'm a 25 year old woman and although I've had my diagnosis (high functioning ASD) for a few years now I've not really joined anything like this. I think it's because I was still in denial and thought that with enough camouflaging I'd be able to 'hide in plain sight' - which as I now understand is not that unusual, particularly with women and girls.
I've just been signed off from work with stress, and I think I need to ask my employer to make a reasonable adjustment to my conditions of employment (shorter working day, unambiguous description of tasks). I've only been working there for two weeks so I'm not sure how they're going to take it. Does anybody on here have any experience of asking an employer for reasonable adjustment? What did you ask for and how did it all go?
Hello and welcome to the forum! I have been diagnosed with Level 2 ASD. Feel free to ask any questions and read my profile.
I personally have not had to ask an employer for adjustments. My last term of employment ended long before I was diagnosed.
Since you have had your diagnosis, you should inform your employer because, it would be within their policies to ensure that your working conditions are suitably adjusted for you. Try not to worry about it. I'm sure that they will be absolutely fine with you asking. I am also sure that you are not the only one there with the condition, and they will have made similar adjustments for others.
May I also add, it's always nice to meet other academics on here.
Hi, yes I did. I had a good result, and got reasonable adjustments agreed (if not all implemented!) before I got my formal NHS diagnosis. Basically I now do all meetings by webex and don't do teambuilding-type stuff.
Thanks so much for the advice. I've struggled to cope and hold down jobs and this is pretty much the best job offer I've had. I noticed on your profile that gin is one of your interests- me too!
Hi, thanks, that's really encouraging. I've been signed off for a week with stress so hoping to get something in place before I go back. I just can't cope with rush hour tubes and 9 hour working days while trying to live some semlance of a life..!
No problem. It depends on the employer of course (I work for a large corporate who play the long game as far as staff are concerned & have a good approach to diversity and medical needs) but the law is on your side.
I'm not surprised you find 9 hour days exhausting. I have habitually limited my hours to only what I'm contracted for, and still encountered burnout - and now have reduced my hours to 30 per week (which I love, and am very grateful to be able to afford!).
Not a problem. Ask questions when you like and we will respond with our best advice.
Since I finished full time education, I have only managed to attain one paid job. That was for 15 hours a week on a nine month temporary contract. Before that, I did do a couple of voluntary work placements for DWP and my county council.
I like visiting gin distilleries and micro-breweries to sample the tipples on offer.
I constantly forget that we have profiles here ...... I wrote one for myself but still forget that anyone can look at it, and forget to read other peoples!
I'm done with Christmas Cards said:Basically I now do all meetings by webex and don't do teambuilding-type stuff.
That sounds like heaven to me. You are literally my God of Reasonable Adjustments.
I only disclosed my Asperger's to my first employer, which came a few weeks after I was diagnosed, and they asked me loads of questions that I couldn't answer because I was still in the early stages of reprocessing my whole life. Having burned out yet again, I now realise I need to start declaring it and asking for adjustments like the ones you mention here. Are there any other adjustments you have? I think primarily communicating by email, working from home etc., would also help me enormously.