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Emma Optomen TV

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  1. BBC TV Series EMPLOYABLE ME is making a second series. The first series was on TV in March and followed people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome who have struggled to find a job. The first series was hugely successful. Optomen TV are now making a second series and we are looking for people who are interested in taking part. Do you have Asperger Syndrome or Autism? Are you struggling to find work? Would you like help to find a job? If this sounds like you and you are happy and comfortable to appear on TV, please e-mail employableme@optomen.tv
  2. BBC series Employable Me is looking for people with Autism and Asperger's who would be interested in taking part in the new series. The first series was on TV in March this year and followed people who are neuro diverse and who struggled to get a job. Do you have Asperger Syndrome or Autism? Are you struggling to find work? Would you like help? If this sounds like you or someone you know please e-mail: employableme@optomen.com
  3. BBC Project - Aspergers and Employment

    Hello Waterboatman, Many thanks for your interesting comments. I am sorry read that you have had such a tough time finding a job. If you someone who wants a job, but can't get one and would like to talk further drop me a line at employme@optomen.com No worries, if its not for you. Thank you Emma
  4. Dear All, I'm a producer with a TV company called Optomen. I am adding this new topic as I would like to find people with ASD who have struggled to find employment for a BBC project I am developing. The idea is looking at the science of neuro diversity to present people to employers as an asset, rather than focusing on difficulties. If you would like to find out more please e-mail me at employme@optomen.com Many thanks Emma Parsons
  5. I am a producer with a TV company called Optomen. I am developing a project for the BBC looking for people with Asperger's who have struggled to get a job. The idea of the project is to look at the science of how people who are considered to have a neuro-diversity area an asset to an employer focusing on individual strengths, rather than difficulties. If you would like to find out more, please e-mail Emma at employme@optomen.com Thank you