NOW (not) HIRING!
Autism-focused organisation. Autism-specific job. Non-autistic director suddenly thinks it is a good idea to jump on the ‘inclusive’ bandwagon and hire an Actually Autistic person for the job. Great going so far.
Instead of hiring a qualified Autistic person with a PhD / Masters / Degree / skill qualification for the highly complex job, the non-autistic director gets an Autistic person with no qualifications to do the same job for free. No pay. Yes. Nothing.
Imagine, a hospital looking for a heart surgeon hiring just anyone from the street with an avid interest to do the job for free, instead of a qualified surgeon with years of experience? Sounds too ridiculous to even think of? Well, this happens a lot in Autism organisations run by non-autistics. DIY hobby-land free-for-all?
A horrible situation. Autistics are exploited on all levels, and forced also to devalue one another. The unqualified Autistic eager to jump in and do the job for free is hoping for some recognition and an unconfirmed promise for some kind of paid work in the future. They do not realise that they are being exploited and derided, and that doing this is ultimately harming a fellow autistic who is qualified for the job, having worked very hard for many years to gain the relevant credentials against immense odds. Even more insidious and ominous is the result of this: low professional standards, thus services proffered are inadequate at best, and erroneous at worst. What are ‘Autism-focused’ organisations offering to autistic people, and what are they saying in so doing?
Too many non-autistic people entering the currently trendy Autism Market are blatantly making money and gaining fame on the Autism Bandwagon, while tossing out substandard services, stirring strife and disharmony in the Autistic community, and making a mockery of the very people they are supposed to serve.
So much shame.