An aspiring music journalist, who feels people with Asperger’s aren’t given the same employment opportunities as others, has been putting his radio interviewing skills to the test.
Damon Cooper (22) took a trip down to The Hits Radio last week to get some advice on presenting.
Music DJ, Darryl Morris, whose A-list guests have included Ollie Murrs and will.i.am, was on hand to share his tips of the trade on how to make it in music radio.
‘It went really well,’ says Damon. ‘It was really interesting to hear how Darryl got started and what he likes about the job.
‘I would love to do something like this every day of my life.’
The keen writer from Leeds, who is creating a blog for his Fixers project, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome four years ago.
He feels too many people with the condition are not given the same chances or encouragement when it comes to employment.
In his online blog, Damon wants to talk about his own struggle to find work and show what he can really do.
‘I want to showcase young people’s talents, specifically those who have Asperger’s.
‘I have the condition and I feel that too many of us are being excluded from following a career of our choosing.
‘It’s a sad fact of life but employers would rather take on somebody without a disability than with one. It feels demoralising when doors are shut in front of you.’
Damon’s blog is targeting potential employers who he hopes will see past his Asperger’s and recognise his creative talent.
‘The hardest thing for me was coming to terms with what I had,’ he says. ‘Accepting it has allowed me to be myself. I just want the chance to show people I am worth it.’
Speaking about Damon and his Fixers project, Darryl says: ‘I admire what Damon is doing and would encourage him not to give up on his dream.
‘You have to be persistent and keep knocking on doors. There will be highs but also lows too.
‘It’s about getting through those lows- something I’m sure he will do.’
Click here to listen to Damon's interview with DJ Darryl Morris.