What is your book all about?
When people don’t understand or like something or someone; they make fun of it. The book is about people with autism and the bullying they receive, especially on the job, when a leader/boss is discriminating just because of our differentness. Through my story, I cover all of the abuse I took because of my disability and walk the reader through the legal side of what happened to me and how I dealt with it.
What inspired you to write the book?
My passion for this book was very therapeutic and I know there are so many others who are dealing with similar situations. Not only did I write this for myself but most importantly for those like me who are currently going through what I did and don’t know what to do. Everyone deserves a fair shot at any job they were hired to work. I think people need to understand that, yes, there is discrimination in the workplace from race to gender but, those who have a mental disability tend to get lost in the unfairness of job discrimination.
What is your target audience for the book?
Any person who has suffered job discrimination for any reason. To those who have a mental disability and are fighting to be understood. To educators who may not realize how harsh and cruel school leaders can be to the ones their supposed to lead.
What do you hope readers get out from your book?
That no matter how bad your situation is, don’t ever give up. No matter how bad I was treated, I was able to move on and I found a new job and I’m really happy say I’m enjoying it.
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
Honestly, I’m trying to find a stronger voice to get the message out because that has been the hardest thing to do right now.
I’m married to an amazing woman. This November 2020 it will be 31 years so she has been my biggest support and inspiration. I have four children two who are also on the spectrum and two grandkids. I’ve been teaching since 1995 and I’m currently working on my degree in administration. I still have other writing projects I’m working on but, it’s been a little slow with all of the other obligations. I’ve lived in Missouri for most of my life. I love watching sports, playing games on my cell phone, being with my family, and doing whatever my wife tells me.
I learned from the book that one of the best ways to be brave is to understand what you’re scared of and then refuse to allow that fear to paralyze you. Because if you let it, fear has the power to stop you from driving onwards.
I’m with you on that one.