Autism Resources for Employers

1- 7th April 2019 is World Autism Awareness week and we're highlighting some of the resources available to support Employers make workplaces more autism-friendly.

  • The National Autistic Society has a wealth of resources to aid employers with the recruitment, training and retention of autistic staff.

  •  The  DWP Autism and Neurodiversity Toolkit has been produced by the Autism Alliance for the DWP to support awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions. It offers practical guidance for supporting people who have neurodiverse conditions into employment. It also contains useful resources and additional local support contacts and organisations

  • The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development's guide Neurodiversity at Work is aimed at HR professionals and leaders across functions who want to learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for their organisation, and how they can support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work.

  • Produced by neurodivergent members of GMB staff in consultation with neurodivergent GMB members Neurodiversity in the Workplace aims to provide information and advice that can be used to help make workplaces more inclusive for neurodivergent workers.

  • For employers looking for to understand more about the terms neurodiversity and neurodivergent and what it means to be on the spectrum, ACAS have an explanatory section on their website 

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester has produced a new strategy to make the region more autism-friendly. Promised to the city-region as part of Andy Burnham’s mayoral manifesto, the autism strategy has been produced through close collaboration with autistic people and their families, as well as the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium, and it focuses on what matters to them.

The strategy sets out four key areas for improvement; making sure public services are accessible, placing autistic people at the heart of our communities, improving health and care so autistic people stay healthy and receive the support they need and improving employment opportunities as well as the transition to adult services for young people.

Tim Nicholls, the NAS Head of Policy, has written a blog Greater Manchester leading the way with new Autism Strategy

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, which runs the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium, says,

“We are delighted to see Greater Manchester leading the way by launching the first ever regional strategy approach to making its community autism-friendly, with the support of the Mayor, Andy Burnham. Since the ground-breaking Autism Act in 2009, we have seen some progress improving and increasing support and services for autistic adults across England. But it hasn’t been enough, far too many autistic people and families continue to miss out on support and end up struggling and becoming extremely isolated.

“We need authorities to come together and think differently about how they can create a society that works for autistic people. Greater Manchester is taking the first step towards this new way of working, building on considerable insight from autistic people and families who have been working with the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium over the last two years.