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New series on A&E premieres tomorrow night:

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A&E’s groundbreaking new docuseries “The Employables” follows job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette Syndrome as they work to overcome obstacles and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to excel long term in their careers. Each episode charts the highs and lows of two jobseekers in their hunt for work. To help achieve their dreams, each participant works with an autism or Tourette Syndrome specialist to identify their strengths and determine how best to pursue their job search. With new tools at hand, each job seeker sets out on interviews or trial runs with potential employers to find the perfect line of work. The series also shines a light on the experiences of their friends and family as they support their loved one in their goals.

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I DVR'ed this and am watching now. The "evil laugh" that the guy with Tourette's is doing is amazing. Too bad he can't be a voice-over artist. 

And several of the local Publix grocery stores in my area hire baggers with autism, Down syndrome and other challenges. A few of them have actually moved up to cashier positions. 

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Hey Patti!  Halfway through.  What an inspiring couple of guys!  The dude with autism is an excellent artist, too.

Just cross posted on JJ about the contrast of these folks wanting a job so badly, and our litigants that can't be bothered to get off their deadasses....

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**waves at Zillabreeze** heeeey!!!!

I was so impressed by this show. The way the participants were represented was quite respectful and the counselors were awesome in showing them their strengths. I'm sure it has to have damaged the way they thought about themselves not being able to find employment. 

I have an adopted niece with Asperger's. She was super cute when she was younger and could talk like Young Sheldon, but now she's in ninth grade and still inappropriate socially. Academically, the vast knowledge she had as a child has tapered off and she has struggled for several years in just doing any of the work she's assigned.  This show would be useful to individuals like her and her family. 

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1 hour ago, ItsHelloPattiagain said:

This show would be useful to individuals like her and her family. 

I hope it sticks around!  Nice to have someone to root for on TV.

The Tourettes guy was sooo adorable with the kids and that was a perfect fit.

The young man with autism clearly had the social issues, so finding his artistic niche was just right.   I hope your niece can be guided towards a career with that kind of brain/social balance.

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The girl with Tourettes was cute as a button!  She was so excited to get the gig at the craft store.   I'll bet she's a total hit with the clients, I'd request her shift!  Her enthusiasm was infectious.

Asberger dude, not so much.  I know just enough about Asbergers to be dangerous.  I've heard the "disdain/know it all/lack of empathy" attitude is part of the package, so that's gotta be a tough sell.   He seemed smart as hell.  I just wouldn't list "dealing with the public" in his skill set.

I still like this show. It doesn't hurt for me to get a little weekly slap of humble pie.

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I've been watch this too.  Are there just the 2 episodes so far?
I've noticed that the traffic guy with autism, and the Tourette's man who joined the museum, both were in small towns, and wonder if places like that, with perhaps fewer formal hoops to jump through for jobs, makes it easier.
It's hard to see someone with Tourette's being hired as a docent/guide, in a large city museum, where the people wouldn't come to know him.
 

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On 5/30/2019 at 12:48 PM, auntjess said:

I've been watch this too.  Are there just the 2 episodes so far?
I've noticed that the traffic guy with autism, and the Tourette's man who joined the museum, both were in small towns, and wonder if places like that, with perhaps fewer formal hoops to jump through for jobs, makes it easier.
It's hard to see someone with Tourette's being hired as a docent/guide, in a large city museum, where the people wouldn't come to know him.

May 15, 22, and 29 had episodes. June 5 is the next. 

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The updates at the end seem to be soon after the job seeking was successful? I wanted to find current updates. Matt from Ghent NY who has Tourettes got a job on the farm. I really felt for him at the job fair and how him and his dad both cried. He is a likable person and the way he was at peace in nature is special. I hope the farm is still working out for him, if that’s what he wants. 

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It would be nice if they had access to the skills assessment before what is apparently many months, if not years, of failed interviews.
The woman today came off as a bit shy, but nothing to mark her as a "no hire."
 

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On 5/28/2019 at 6:31 AM, zillabreeze said:

Asberger dude, not so much.  I know just enough about Asbergers to be dangerous.  I've heard the "disdain/know it all/lack of empathy" attitude is part of the package, so that's gotta be a tough sell.   He seemed smart as hell.  I just wouldn't list "dealing with the public" in his skill set.

I thought he was interesting.  He seemed rude, but rude when it came to himself too, "do I look like someone who'd have a girlfriend?" , but then I thought, "if he looked like Brad Pitt, no one would give a shit what came out of his mouth."  Sad but true.

Aerial:  I wondered if she could benefit from noise cancelling headphones when she worked.    Glad that they suggested earplugs.  

I think most of these people need to find their niche which is hard for most of us.

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LMAO!  One of the girls mentioned she worked at a camp for kids with Tourettes called "Camp Twitch and Shout".  Cracked me up!

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