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Special Interest Group - Neurodiversity Monthly Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Martha Goff
06:55
Audio is very faint
Martha Goff
08:16
Screen is good and Andrews audio is much better 🙂
Autumn Van Kirk
08:57
Good to see you as always!
DEBORAH HILL
10:03
So is the topic recruiting? I got an email saying you would be discussing planning
Martha Goff
16:42
Martha Goff (You): There are thousands of adult autistics who receive NO government benefits but are either completely unemployed or are underemployed due to difficulty fitting into workplaces that match their intellectual abilities. Especially true for women, autistics over 35, and those who are not gifted in tech skills
Martha Goff
17:07
Martha Goff (You): PS we go to work at jobs we dislike and don’t use our full abilities primarily because we need to support ourselves, put money away for retirement and because in the US health insurance is only available to employed people
Colette F Corbin
17:52
I agree with what you said Martha.
JOHN COMEGYS
19:04
85% of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are unemployed, not 85% of Neuro-Diverse.
Amanda Parker
19:19
Hi John Comegys
JOHN COMEGYS
21:32
SSI or SSDI come with health insurance. This is often the reason why people don't risk full time employment, even with benefits, because if they lose the job they lose their health insurance. In my experience in various Autism or Asperger Job Clubs.
Martha Goff
21:37
Many younger autistic adults have parents who understand autism abs support their children financially. I’m 64 years old, had no parental or government support and have worked at clerical jobs all my life…despite having an IQ tested during high school at 150+
Kathleen McCandless
22:36
Wow, 85% ??!
Martha Goff
24:27
Providing more remote work opportunities will obviate the need for much of the commuting that a transportation benefit would cover
Martha Goff
28:22
Agree about the flexibility 🙂
Martha Goff
29:06
Yes “cafeteria” approach is good
Martha Goff
30:20
😂
Kelly Redden
30:44
Andrew you have a great sense of humour!
Martha Goff
31:25
The US medical system is the seventh circle of hell 👿
Autumn Van Kirk
31:42
Oooooh~!
Autumn Van Kirk
32:58
Didn't know this was gonna be a roast but I'm here for it!
Martha Goff
33:14
😅😂🤣
Martha Goff
34:00
Interesting never heard of QSERA
Autumn Van Kirk
34:20
Que sera, sera.
Martha Goff
34:44
Autumn LOL
Martha Goff
35:47
Seriously is this what is meant by a company being “self insured”?
JOHN COMEGYS
36:36
Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)
Amanda Parker
36:58
ABLE is a good choice to have
Martha Goff
37:35
Yes is QSEHRA that a form of “self insurance” for the company?
Martha Goff
39:34
When we retire my employer gives us a monthly benefit towards paying for our choice of Medicare insurance plans
Kelly Redden
39:37
Can you help disabled business owners (self employed), with their benefits?
Kathleen McCandless
40:58
Yes!
Martha Goff
41:15
Andrew Policies like you describe will really enhance employee loyalty too
Martha Goff
42:12
Yes Kelly I’d like to know that also
Martha Goff
42:59
Given the current labor shortage it’s a perfect time for workers to try to carve out some of these concessions from employers
JOHN COMEGYS
43:05
In my experience most people with SSI will not risk full time employment because they will lose their health insurance. To me the solution is universal health insurance or health care. Do you know how much improvement there has been since Obama-care started? Do you know if it will get better under Biden's changes?
Martha Goff
43:51
Yes John ‼️
Amanda Parker
44:29
Yes, I fear losing my medical insurance.
Martha Goff
44:42
Universal healthcare is the answer…Obamacare is incomplete
JOHN COMEGYS
45:42
Yes, but if you forgo your SSI and then lose your job you can't pay for insurance and it will take at least a year or two or more to get SSI back, in my experience.
JOHN COMEGYS
46:29
Yes, lets hear about SSI and health care.
Amanda Parker
46:58
What about SSDI
DEBORAH HILL
47:12
And most of our doctors don’t even accept Medicaid (Medi-Cal here in CA)
Martha Goff
47:39
Yes the issue about finding doctors is huge
DEBORAH HILL
48:12
Isn’t that benefit only if the parents paid into Medicare and Social Security?
Amanda Parker
48:38
Isn't it only a limit if you are on medical too.
JOHN COMEGYS
49:05
Will you make yourself available to the Job Club to convince parents and other family members of what you just presented?
Barbara Hall
49:11
My son cannot get SSDI because my husband and I have not paid in.
Amanda Parker
50:06
John can I get the information of when Job Club is. I miss coming to Job Club
Martha Goff
50:12
What do you suggest for middle age and older autistics who are still working?
DEBORAH HILL
51:06
Did you say working before age 22 to qualify for SSDI
JOHN COMEGYS
51:25
Amanda, tonight at 7. Is your e mail still amanda07_07_2000@yahoo.com
Amanda Parker
51:51
yes, it still is.
Amanda Parker
52:26
Is it virtual John?
Martha Goff
52:58
Andrew, you’re lucky your interests and strengths are in areas that are useful to enough people to make a living at it
JOHN COMEGYS
53:08
I'll send you a link. Keith Halperin runs it now and I'll be there tonight.
Kelly Redden
53:22
What is this job club?
DEBORAH HILL
53:53
I’m interested in the job club too
Martha Goff
53:56
Yes John C, please post a link about the job club?
Andrew Komarow
54:03
I kinda winged it. :)
Colette F Corbin
54:10
Andrew, thanks for amassing all of this information for nd’s and working in our behalf.
JOHN COMEGYS
54:14
AASCEND Job Club for people on the spectrum.
Martha Goff
54:21
Yes John C please post a link about the job club
Bettina Thompson
54:44
Can you please share a sign-up link for the Nov ND Summit? Thank you.
JOHN COMEGYS
54:44
Anyone interested send me an email to johndcomegys@gmail.com I'll send a link.
JOHN COMEGYS
55:41
The Job Club is from 7-8 Monday nights. Bring one employment question. Social time after the meeting.
Martha Goff
56:02
Thanks John
Autumn Van Kirk
56:20
Yeah, I'm definitely burnt out even though I'm doing as well as I've ever done for myself from a salary and benefits standpoint.
JOHN COMEGYS
56:49
You're welcome Martha.
Martha Goff
56:59
Autumn, Yes ‼️ I’m glad I can retire soon
Kelly Redden
57:04
The need for well being on the job is so critical.
Autumn Van Kirk
57:34
Indeed. I've been on the verge of going on a Leave of Absence under Short Term Disability for some time now.
Martha Goff
59:23
To get benefits you have to get a diagnosis and that can be very difficult
JOHN COMEGYS
01:01:00
Thank you for your expertise Andrew.
Andrew Komarow
01:01:10
Thank you. :)
Bettina Thompson
01:01:22
It was excellent! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and insight with all of us.
Kelly Redden
01:01:25
This has been really helpful, I will contact you soon. Thank you!!!
Martha Goff
01:01:34
Blue shirt looks good on you Dr Fong 🙂
Bettina Thompson
01:02:06
Good night everyone - thank you
Colette F Corbin
01:02:07
ThanksDr. Fung!
Heather Dorner
01:02:40
thank you!