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If the Channel 4 series The Undateables was about the near-impossible quest for a job rather than the near-impossible quest for love, it would be this show. And we mean that in a good way.
In a nutshell
Being employable is easier said than done in this day and age, where every job vacancy – whether it’s a cushy office role or part-time skip cleaner – will get hordes of eager applicants charging to the gates. Even if you have a spic and span CV that positively gleams with achievement, it can be a demoralising and frustrating task. Now imagine if you suffer from a seriously debilitating condition that affects how you think and behave. Yep, things have got just that little bit tougher.
Last night we met two fellows who were up against it. One was Paul, who despite being thoroughly embedded in middle age, has only recently developed Tourette’s. Quite a turn up, and not a welcome one, especially when he’s trying to impress potential employers. He and another chap, a 30-something with autism who hasn’t succeeded in any interviews for nigh-on a decade, were seen by experts and given some actually interesting advice on how to make the best of their unique brains. Turns out they’re a lot cleverer than anyone ever gave them credit for.
What's the verdict?
So now we’ve learnt a new term – neuro-diversity, which could well become one of the watchwords of the year. But apart from the cold hard facts and the pep talks, this was a warm, emotional, and often overwhelming experience to watch, even at home. More, please.