Dear Mr. Pinzone,I am an autistic graduate student at University of Texas School of Public Health and editor of the reputable news website autisminvestigated.com. I am asking to be cast in your documentary because I think I’d have a lot to contribute.All the best,Jake Crosby, MPH
Hey Jake,Nice to meet you! How did you hear about our project? I would love to try and get you in the casting process of our documentary. Im going to include an application for you to try and fill out. If you can’t fill it out, no worries. Just do the best you can. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks! Joe
Hi, good to meet you too sir. I heard about you from Kim Stagliano on the Age of Autism site; I actually wrote there for five years before starting AI. Thanks for the application. I’ll fill it out and get it right back to you.Best,
I’ve attached my application.
Btw if there’s ever a chance, I would love to meet the Aut-Knight. He’s awesome!
EMPLOYABLE ME – CASTING QUESTIONNAIRE
Please provide answers to the following questions as openly and honestly as you can. Feel free to write at length and don’t edit yourself – the more you tell us, the better we get to know you and understand your situation.
Application forms should be emailed to our Casting Director, Liz Alderman, as soon as they are complete. Attach your completed questionnaire as a word.doc and email to: Joe.Pinzone@OptomenUSA.com
Name: Jake Crosby
City/State you live in: Austin, TX
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and contact information of additional person that may have helped you complete this application: NA
What neurological condition do you have and when were you diagnosed?
Asperger Syndrome, Class of ’97
How does this neurological condition impact your life? Describe what having this condition is like for you personally:
I call myself superior while I get sympathy on tap!
Are you currently employed?
What are your job qualifications/skills? (list any schooling, training, or skills)
Autism is my superpower!
What jobs have you held in the past?
Same as my job now!
How long have you been searching for a job?
Who is your biggest advocate in your job search? Is there someone assisting you such as a family member, mentor or career counselor? [Please provide their name and contact information if possible]
Julia Bascom, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
What three words best describe your personality?
Autistic & Badass!
What hobbies do you enjoy? What do you like to do for fun?
Being autistic, demanding free shit for my autism
Describe the unique traits of the physical, mental and/or neurological condition that sets you apart from other job seekers in the workforce:
How has your condition affected your job search?
My condition IS my job.
What feedback have you gotten from job applications and potential employers?
Any critical feedback is just discrimination, I’m special!
What are your strengths? What do you have to offer an employer that someone else doesn’t?
Neurodiversity in the workplace!
What do you think your biggest weakness is?
Anything I can’t blame on my autism/Anything that casts autism in a negative light
What type of job are you most interested in?
Day-to-day, what’s the hardest part of living with your condition?
Nothing, except everything!
Why do you want a job? What would it mean to you to finally get the right job?
You mean a real job? It would suck, it means I can no longer profit from my own pity/awesomeness!
What question have we not yet asked that we should? Please tell us anything else we should know about you and your world.
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He wrote again:
With your employment, what exactly is it that you do?
AI replied by staying in character, and he replied by making an interview offer:
Could we do a skype interview either tomorrow or Friday?
Despite replying with specific times and sending AI’s Skype name, he never made any Skype contact. He didn’t respond to any follow-up email either.