Computer Support Specialist at Specialisterne, USA
October 2016 to present
Despite having a BS from City College of New York, Eric spent several years unemployed, when he finally found an exciting job at Lanser Insurance. Although undiagnosed at the time, Eric had an understanding manager who he worked well with. When that manager left, the new one did not understand how to work with Eric and fired him. Eric was unemployed for several years when he gave up looking for meaningful employment and took work watching surveillance videos and as a messenger.
It was during this time of underemployment that Eric was diagnosed as having Aspergers. The diagnosis was a breath of fresh air as it finally made sense of the seemingly uphill battle to gain meaningful employment. Eric signed up with ACCESS VR who referred him to the AHRC program which was piloting the Specialisterne program. At that time Specialisterne was actively looking for a Computer Support Specialist, and Eric was quickly swept up by the Specialisterne USA team. Thorkil Sonne said “Eric is the perfect example of Neurodiversity at Work. He is highly skilled, motivated, honest, loyal and most importantly, he challenges us to work smarter and think differently on a daily basis.”