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It might be surprising to learn that both the ledger account for profits and losses and the reserve account have been developed by people with autism. The actual cause of losses has to do with storytelling. Most people think by telling themselves stories. The shopkeeper has no information about the products he didn’t sell. He has no information about the revenue he didn’t receive. With no information about this problem, he can’t tell himself a story. So he is unable to think about this problem.

Some people with autism have a visual thinking process. They “see” streams of information. To them, missing information is a big gaping hole in the information stream that begs for an explanation.

For some people with autism, missing information is a big gaping hole in the information stream that begs for an explanation

The author of this website has lived a pretty typical life for an autistic person. He experienced lots of problems during his youth, which, in 1969, were considered the effects of child abuse, so he spent quite a few years in boarding school. In 1981, he left school without any qualifications and ended up in the heart of the crisis of the early 1980s. After a few years of unemployment, he took up IT.

In the 1980s, it was common for people who had been in a boarding school as a child to go to the Social Academy and to go and work at a boarding school. The Social Academy was an experimental training. What was unique in the Netherlands, this was the only training where ordinary people learned to conduct independent scientific research. But, when the author did the first year in 1991, both the training and the boarding schools were being cut down.

What was unique in the Netherlands, this was the only training where ordinary people learned to conduct independent scientific research

In the 1990s, the author was once again unemployed and faced more and more problems. For a few years, he was under the treatment of a psychologist for the effects of child abuse. In 1998, IT specialists in America discovered their normally talented children suffered the severe form of autism and gave this the necessary publicity. The next year, millions of people across the world, with diagnoses ranging from child abuse to psychosis and schizophrenia, were told they had been sabotaging their treatment for 30 years, and that they should piss off.

In 1999, the author ended up at the sheltered employment services through an unemployment scheme. By 2007 he discovered by chance that he had a severe form of autism, and, in 2012, he was retrenched following cutbacks. He has been unemployed since then.

Autistic people with a visual thought process and a photographic memory like to gather information. Some memorize timetables by heart. Others collect information on various topics. The sheltered employment services turned out to have experienced an awful lot of problems. So, the author started delving into the cause of those problems and the history of the sheltered employment services. Many of the problems were traced to the abolition of performance pay in 1980. After his resignation, he continued his research on this subject. This led to the discovery that it was a result of losses.

Within a few months, the cause of losses was clear to the author

“Losses” turned out to be a very peculiar problem. Every business incurs them, and any company that cuts down goes bankrupt. In small companies, this occurs within a few years: in large ones, this may be a few decades. But they always go bankrupt. Within a few months, the cause of losses was clear to the author. But, for people who are not autistic, this problem is insoluble.

As far as the author can verify, he is the third autistic person working on this issue in the last 800 years. The first developed a method to deal with losses, which was suitable for entrepreneurs who couldn’t read or write. The second built on that and developed business accounting as it is nowadays used in the Netherlands including the general ledger account for profit and loss. Building on that, the author explored what caused losses, what problems arise when companies cut back and developed the reserve account.

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