Autism

March 27 to April 2 is World Autism Awareness Week. 1 in 100 children in the UK have an autistic spectrum condition – that’s 8,000 school leavers each year. But less than 25% go on to further or higher education, only 16% of all adults with autism work and just 4% live independently. Something clearly needs to change.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Autism, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

When given the right supports and training, a new study from USA suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.

9 out of 10 transition-age youths with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87% were still working after 12 months.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Education & training, Autism
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Best practice

Finding Work,  a digital workbook published by National Autistic Society, is available to download for free. 

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Autism, Disability employment gap
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Video clip, Report

The National Autistic Society has published a report about employment. A 2016 survey has found that just 16% of people with an autism condition are in full-time paid employment. This compares to 15% in 2007.  The NAS has launched a campaign, including a video, report and petition, to change things. 

http://www.autism.org.uk/TMI

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