Special intelligence

If you have Asperger's syndrome, getting and keeping a job might seem impossible, but it's not. Sabina Dosani talks to employers about why they value their 'incredible' workers.

Jonathan Young's job entails using complex technology to collate and disseminate information for investment bankers at Goldman Sachs. He is highly intelligent, motivated and was close to being selected for MI5. He also has Asperger's syndrome.

When asked to describe a typical day in the office, most people pepper their answers with examples, anecdotes and characters. Young gives a barely annotated timetable. People with Asperger's often struggle with basic social assumptions that the rest of us take for granted. The result is that he undersells himself, underperforms at interviews and has spent extended periods out of work.

Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/money/2006/nov/18/careers.work6