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Work woes for Dorset Asperger's patient

posted 20 Aug 2012, 08:27 by valcarlin@hotmail.com   [ updated 2 Jan 2013, 07:58 by Jan Szafranski ]
For graduate Martin Hedley who has Asperger's syndrome, being unemployed for the past 10 years is a situation he cannot understand: "I did a degree... but I've got a debt of £14,000 and I'm on benefits - that's completely mental," he says. He is among about 88% of people with the condition who are currently unemployed in Britain, according to the National Autistic Society.

The 44-year-old singer-songwriter from Weymouth, Dorset, has been out of work since he was diagnosed. He was previously working as a mechanic and a self-employed wood turner but has struggled to find suitable employment since his diagnosis. After years of failing to find employment, Mr Hedley decided to set up his own community project to renovate a historic building in Weymouth, and has already raised £43,000 towards the project.

3 January 2012 Last updated at 14:46 by David Fenton BBC South Health Correspondent