Autism & Employability for Professionals, Parents & Carers

Ref: C3532958

This year (2021) the government introduced the National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults (2021-2026). The strategy outlines a five year plan to make changes across six areas that would have a 'significant impact on autistic people's lives'. This course will focus on two of these areas: to improve understanding and acceptance of autism within society, and to support more autistic people into employment. Over the six weeks of the course, we will explore our understanding of autism, move on to discuss the wider concept of neurodiversity, focus on some of the specific issues that present barriers to employment for autistic people, look at approaches and support that may be helpful for autistic individuals and/or could be adopted within a workplace, examine some media representations of autism and discuss how these may affect attitudes and expectations and finally, review our understanding of autism and employability.

Course aim

To course's aim is to improve understanding and the acceptance of autism, and to give information and focus on how to support autistic people into employment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by 'autism' and 'neurodiversity'.
  • State at least three potential barriers, and strategies to overcome these, that autistic people may experience when seeking employment.
  • State at least two approaches or adjustments that could be adopted to make working environments more accessible to autistic employees.
  • Be aware of stereotypes and expectations which may be perpetuated by the media and which could have a negative impact on the employment of neurodiverse individuals.
  • Be aware of at least two websites or other sources of information to continue research into autism and employability.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There will be a break in teaching in Oct 1/2 term, so there will be no session on Monday 25th Oct.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Autism & Employability for Professionals, Parents & Carers

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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