An Actually-Autistic Midlife Disability Resume
In addition to having originally determined that I am insufficiently disabled for the purposes of receiving any benefits—precluding both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—the Social Security Administration informally determined that, in any case, my work history is too lacking to qualify for SSDI on its own and yet simultaneously too plentiful to qualify instead under a parent's work credits as a Disabled Adult Child.
This "disability resume" documents that the bulk of my intermittent employment over three decades should be deemed what the Social Security Administration calls Unsuccessful Work Attempts due to (at the time undiagnosed) disability, making me eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance under a parent's work credits.
Further, despite not being a "high support needs" autistic, a disability claim is supported by a history suggesting that my capacity to build and sustain a day-to-day foundation (e.g. living on my own, managing my finances, and maintaining my own health) approaches or potentially reaches the limits of my physical and psychological resources, in that all efforts thus far to build atop that foundation have failed, and in some cases damaged the foundation in the process.
Note: Over the 26 years (or 312 months) covered by this disability resume and up through the end of 2020, my job history accounts for just 11 of them—only 135 months. Over the 7 prior years since graduating from high school, I held only 1 job, for no more than a single year—which makes for only 147 employed months (12.25 years) over 33 years (396 months).
Board Secretary & Project Manager, The Belmont Goats (May 2013-Feb 2019)—Part-time volunteer position. Livestock care, social media management, and miscellaneous administrative duties. (DISABILITY NOTES: Stress of ongoing responsibilities plus relocating entire project while trying to recover from Vocational Rehabilitation burnout forced my resignation.)
On-Call Elections Worker, Mulnomah County (Nov 2012-May 2018)—Semi-annual, on-call, part-time position during general, primary, special, and test election periods. (DISABILITY NOTES: Social and sensory pressures of commute became obstacle, as well as post-diagnosis autistic burnout.)
Production Assistant, Badge Print Company (Sep 2017-Mar 2018)—Finished production for badges, prepared for shipment, performed quality control. (DISABILITY NOTES: Nature of work, rushed Vocational Rehabilitation process, and sensory pressures of long commute forced depressive episodes and deepened autistic burnout.)
Receiving & Orders Clark, Powell's Books (Jan-Jun 2010)—Received shipments for book buying, unpacked, processed, sorted, and organized for the buyers. Located, pulled, sorted, and organized items for e-commerce orders. (DISABILITY NOTES: Temporary position.)
Shipping & Inventory Specialist, The Great Northwest Bookstore (Jan 2006-Oct 2008)—Received orders, pulled product, printed postage, packed for shipment. Resolved customer issues. (DISABILITY NOTES: Reduction in staffing levels resulted in overwork. Incompatible aspects of then-undiagnosed autism and comorbid anxiety unknowingly were accommodated or mitigated by the presence of pre-employment friendships.)
Writer, Editor, & Publisher, Portland Communique (Dec 2002-Sep 2005)—Part-time self-employment attempt. Responsible for all creative, editorial, and technical aspects of a widely-read experiment in independent, original, stand-alone journalism covering culture, economic development, and politics in Portland, Oregon. (DISABILITY NOTES: Socially-performative aspects of in-person reporting responsibilities overwhelmed my undiagnosed and therefore unmitigated autism.)
Customer Interaction Specialist, CyberRep.coM (Jan-Jun 2001)—Handled telephone support for technical, billing, and troubleshooting issues for Nextel customers. (DISABILITY NOTES: Nature of responsibility was incompatible with then-undiagnosed autism, e.g. socially-performative multitasking, and comorbid anxiety.)
Recruiter, Market Decisions Corporation (Jun-Aug 2000)—Placed and conducted outbound market research calls, maintained call records. (DISABILITY NOTES: Nature of responsibility was incompatible with then-undiagnosed autism, e.g. socially-performative multitasking, and comorbid anxiety.)
Owner, Millennium Cafe, Incorporated (Nov 1997-Nov 1999)—Part-time self-employment attempt. Owned and operated an early internet cafe, maintained website. (DISABILITY NOTES: Level of self-directed decision-making responsibility was incompatible with then-undiagnosed autism, e.g. executive dysfunction, and comorbid anxiety.)
Data Acquisition Clerk, Quando, Incorporated (Dec 1997-Mar 1999)—Collected and collated event information from around the iInternet for inclusion in value-added database vended to client websites. Trained new hires. (DISABILITY NOTES: Company relocated to Seattle. Potentially-incompatible aspects of then-undiagnosed autism and comorbid anxiety were unknowingly accommodated or mitigated by the presence of pre-employment friendships.)
Associated Editor, ClariNet Communications Corporation (Jan-Mar 1997)—Responsible for identifying news stories and routing them to the proper privately-run Usenet groups for an early internet news service for client sites. (DISABILITY NOTES: I relocated to Portland.)
Document Scanner, Researchers of Northern California (Jan-Jun 1996)—Operated digital scanning equipment to prepare and convert corporate and legal documents for archiving and retrieval. (DISABILITY NOTES: Temporary position.)
Online Marketer, 24 Hours in Cyberspace (Dec 1995-Jan 1996)—Temporary position. Handled early, initial phase of online promotion for global photography project in the early days of the Web-based internet. (DISABILITY NOTES: Level of self-directed decision-making responsibility was incompatible with then-undiagnosed autism, e.g. executive dysfunction, and comorbid anxiety.)
Imaging Specialist, New York Public Library (Dec 1994-March 1995)—Early research on a pilot project investigating document scanning processes for the library's preservation department. (DISABILITY NOTES: Level of self-directed decision-making responsibility was incompatible with then-undiagnosed autism, e.g. executive dysfunction, and comorbid anxiety.)
October 24, 2016
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Level 2—Moderate Impairment in Social Communication; Level 1—Mild Impairment in functioning due to interference from Restricted or Repetitive Behavior and Thoughts.
Anxiety features—social/performance distress—secondary to autism.
Obsessive-compulsive features—secondary to autism.
November 25, 2018
Autism Spectrum Disorder, requiring support, without accompanying Intellectual/Language Deficits.
Adjustment Disorder, with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood.
Additional conditions or traits with which I identify or have identified or to which I relate or have related, in full or in part, notwithstanding official primary or secondary diagnoses.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory
These means of getting in touch are listed in order from most- to least-preferred. Modes of asynchronous communication are better than anything more socially-performative or occurring through the cognitive load of real-time.