Film released on people with Asperger Syndrome

Torontonian Gail Hawkins - founder of an Asperger Syndrome employment consultancy - is the author of a practical guide for the Asperger population that figures prominently in director Max Mayer's new feature film "Adam", the Alfred P. Sloan prize winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

"How To Find Work That Works For People With Asperger Syndrome", published in 2004, continues to be distributed to an expanding roster of countries worldwide, helping a growing adult Asperger population learn targeted job search strategies, interview techniques and work skills.

The book, passages of which are the source of an interview prep montage in "Adam", is a compilation of techniques developed by Hawkins over the course of 20 years in a practice that's evolved to include assessment, coaching, employment placement and employer education - as well as a paid apprenticeship program she's pioneered at her cafe, Niche Coffee & Tea Company, on Toronto's trendy Queen West.


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