Annual Appeal Campaign
R i g h t H e r e ! R i g h t N o w !
If you know of a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance with Asperger’s Syndrome or high-functioning Autism, where can you turn for employment help?
With your financial help, the answer is Asperger Works.
Why is our organization so vital?
We would like to introduce you to Daniel Rajczyk, our Executive Director. Daniel received an A.S. in Computer and Information Services from Northern Essex Community College, a B.A. in Sociology and Media Studies from The Evergreen State College, and an M.S. in Information Technology with a GPA of 3.47 from Endicott College. Yet despite these impressive achievements, he has a spotty employment history. Most of the jobs he has held have been part-time or short-term and not one of them has challenged his mind or has allowed him to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
It’s not that he hasn’t tried. He has gone to many interviews confident that this time he would be hired. But he has rarely been asked back for a second interview and has often been told that he, like many other Aspies, is just not the right fit for the company.
Daniel R. Rajczyk
Tom “Woody” Wood
Another person you should meet is Thomas “Woody” Wood. Woody was a member of our Board of Directors until recently. He is about fifteen years Daniel’s senior. He found out that he had Asperger’s Syndrome at approximately the same time as Daniel (about fourteen years ago). The diagnosis answered a lot of questions for him, since having Cerebral Palsy did not account for many of his issues.
Tom graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with both an Associate’s degree in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. From 1978 to 2001 he worked intermittently full-time in the Central New England Region’s electronics industry. Despite his many talents, most of the time since 1978 he has been unemployed. Sad to say, even when he was employed, he never received appropriate compensation or advancement into any position that would have used his full knowledge, skills, and potential in today’s technological society.
But Daniel and Woody are not alone. They are but two of thousands of adults with Asperger’s, all with their own similar stories.
Daniel and Woody were diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as adults.
At this time, there are no employment-related services for adults with AS.
Why should you donate?
Because of all the worthy individuals who will benefit from your largess.
Because of our communities that will be made stronger when adults with AS become employed and self-sufficient.
Because of all the dedicated individuals who are working to make life easier for this special group.
And because you know that you, your family members, and/or friends, should any of them need the help, will be treated like real people by dedicated, compassionate professionals.
2016 was a good year for us as we continued the difficult task of fundraising on behalf of our organization. Many of you came out to support us and we are so grateful to you.
It is our hope that in the coming months and years more of you will join us in our quest to help adults with AS succeed as meaningfully employed individuals.
Your tax-deductible gift is extremely important because it offers hope to those with AS and provides immediate resources to our organization.
Because of people like you, we had another successful fundraising dinners in 2015 and 2016.
Because of people like you, this year we were able to hire our first job coach and will be able to service upto five adults with AS.
Everyone at Asperger Works joins me in thanking you for your generous partnership. Our future clients are counting on your support. Please help make our mission possible with your generous contribution.
You can donate by sending a check to Asperger Works, Inc., 20 Ballard Road, Lawrence, MA 01843. Or you can charge your gift. Become a sustainer or a one-time donor. It is up to you what method you chose. But please donate and help!
Do you need to know more? Please read “Why Asperger Works?”