An Aspie Life
My name is Garth Harding and this is my story. I am a Jamaican American Asperger’s Autistic with three other spectrum disorders including overcoming mental illness-which was precipitated by the other spectrum disabilities and three grand orders nervous breakdown stresses due to parents divorce after age 11, failing NYU Polytechnic Engineering University under scholarship after one year at age 17, enlisting and becoming Pre-PTSD after USMC swearing in, West Point Congressional nomination, and one year of U.S.Army ROTC at NYU Polytechnic Engineering University, and living with my mother’s second pre-husband professional Jamaican/UK Accountant boyfriend who was an occultist, partygoer and womanizer according to my step babysitter grandmother.
Having four disabilities and millions of abilities, being a multicultural Oreo who dates interracially at age 47 and having three degrees, one M.S. from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and a paralegal certificate, and being on Social Security Disability doing P/T security officer work requiring a GED, one may wonder is life fair for the disabled, especially the multi-disabled?
I have applied for the CIA via my school, NYU, as Intelligent Analyst. I have interviewed twice and tested briefly for Intelligence Analyst for NSA via EOP Magazine’s Wounded Warrior and Disability Job Fair and Bender Consulting.
I have many times attended New York City government agency disability hiring orientations. I have been authorized for employment under the New York State Civil Service Law 55-B. I have a Federal Disability Schedule A letter from my doctor for federal hiring. I have a year at two NYC government agencies in their legal departments and a Chinese non-profit CPC legal. I took the test for NYPD School Safety Agent and NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agent and interviewed at One Police Plaza. I took a test for NY State Paralegal Exam and NYC.gov Paralegal Exam. And I spent three years applying to law school and studying the LSAT with six legal, academic, and Jewish therapist recommendations.
And, like many educated Indian, Middle Eastern, and African taxi cab drivers with MD’s, JD’s, and Ph.D.’s with poor standard English, drive taxis or do security officer work for a living.
I am an able disabled and very educated with IQ, EQ, and Spiritual Sensitivity Capital, etc.
I have four disabilities and millions and billions of abilities.
My past Jewish Therapists of 16 years recommended me as the first able disabled NYPD Auxilary licensed but no uniform or star. He told me to write a letter to President Bush Pre-9/11. For the past five years have been working as an able disabled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S.Coast Guard Auxilary in newsletter writing. Formerly, I served as a Diversity Officer and a future Public Affairs Officer.
An NYU professor once said that what all disabled people want is to have gainful employment and to love and be loved. This is definitely true for me.
I turn 48 this year. I am a diasporic Christian Messianic born again. I pray for the right for a gainful career with my future wife, a family, relatives, best friends, church, pets, and a home in Queens/Long Island N.Y. I love volunteerism and traveling and becoming a future academic and professor and writer/public speaker and philanthropist for causes for youth, pets, and nature (like parks and botanical gardens for which I volunteered at Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Queens Botanical Garden for a sum total of over 21+ years).